It was a game in which Newcastle actually played with a lot of attacking intent, managing to get off 17 shots throughout the game, just one shy of their opponents on the day – a far cry from the defensive football that they have previously played under Steve Bruce.
And it was that football that impressed Murphy. Speaking on TalkSport, he said: “If they keep watching their side play at home with that intensity and that positivity, I think they’ll be happy.”
Perhaps that’s why Newcastle fans were not scared to rip into the former England international for his take when they saw his comments emerge on Twitter:
“Steve Bruce was tactically outwitted for about the billionth time in his career and we got hammered. Utterly. Stupid.”
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These responses seem a bit harsh after just one game, as there’s still plenty of time for things to turn themselves around and things to look rosier on Tyneside, especially with the announcement of Joe Willock’s arrival last week.
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