February 25, 2024

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United (R) is pulled away by teammate Joelinton after speaking to supporters during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on November 11, 2023 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

‘Have they lost their minds?’: Garth Crooks has just criticised Newcastle fans after what happened on Saturday.

 

Newcastle United fans travelled a long way to witness a dismal performance against Bournemouth on Saturday night.

 

The Magpies were easily beaten, with Dominic Solanke scoring twice to ensure the home side picked up a vital three points.

 

For Newcastle, it was the culmination of an extremely busy and brutal run of games. The highs of beating Manchester United and Arsenal led to more injury and suspension agony, meaning the Magpies simply did not have enough against Borussia Dortmund and Bournemouth.

Howe’s squad was so depleted this weekend that he had a 17-year-old making his first ever Premier League start, while an 18-year-old made his competitive debut. That is how stretched Newcastle are right now.

 

It was one game too far, and it led to an abject performance that was not reminiscent of anything we have ever witnessed under Eddie Howe at Newcastle. He could not do anything to stop this injury crisis, which resulted in a really poor performance at the Vitality Stadium.

 

At full time, there was an altercation between one fan and Kieran Trippier. They exchanged words, with Trippier furiously asking the supporter to remind him how many injuries they have at the moment before being pulled away by Joelinton.

 

Of course, the incident was caught on camera and now a mountain is being made out of a molehill, which has led to BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks criticising the Newcastle United supporters.

 

Garth Crooks ‘amazed’ by the ‘audacity’ of Newcastle fans after Bournemouth incident.

 

In his Premier League Team Of The Week article for BBC Sport, Crooks took time to deliver a scathing verdict on the Newcastle support after that incident on Saturday evening.

 

“I was amazed to see some Newcastle fans complaining to Kieran Trippier after the game about their defeat,” he wrote.

 

“Have they lost their minds? Not only are their team suffering from a long list of injuries, they have encountered three brutal matches in seven days.

 

“You’d expect your own fans, better than anyone, to understand their team’s situation. What jaw-dropping audacity that any Newcastle supporter would question the effort of this current team. Perhaps they should bring Mike Ashley back. Remember those days?”

 

It was just one Newcastle fan, not an entire fanbase

It has been really annoying to witness the reaction to all of this. It was just one fan, and one fan does not represent an entire fanbase.

 

But that is not how it is now playing out in the media. Now Newcastle fans are deluded, and are expecting success every week following the highs of last season. That is the narrative that is being allowed to play out.

 

As we say, it was just one person. And that person has since came out and said he regrets what happened. But it was in the heat of the moment, and that kind of passion can always boil over during a game. It is human nature.

 

So for Garth Crooks to hammer the Newcastle fans like that is really disappointing.

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