How the Newcastle United team tried to change the system BEFORE the defeat in Crystal Palace

Newcastle United had previously worked on a different form before their unfortunate trip to Crystal Palace.

The Chronicle understands that United – which Steve Bruce told after the game that changes were on the way – that the Magpies were looking to play front row at Selhurst Park.

Bruce and coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence have studied possible changes in their playbook in an attempt to publish three important points, but have since slipped into a humble 14th place

Newcastle tried to change situation four earlier in the season, but the move had dire consequences when the team was beaten 5-0 in Leicester City, and Bruce decided to continue with a five-man defense as the players seem comfortable with the system.

Newcastle’s chances of moving on to fourth or unlikely for the last 11 games with leftists Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Jetro Willems are all injured.

But attack options like Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto are returning, and Andy Carroll hopes to be in shape in two weeks.

Bruce is eager to add more bite in the last third after 270 minutes without a goal.

Despite applying the rule on a 5-3-2 system in training last week, United emerged with a 5-4-1 formation, something that could be due to Dwight Gayle’s lack of evidence.

But with 21 minutes in the tank after Palace, Gayle is expected to push for a start against Burnley.

United, who trained on Sunday morning after their defeat in the capital, have used the system 5-4-1 20 times this season according to the tactics website

Bruce spoke of changes after the game, said: “We look at each other and say: is it time to change?

“This is the third game we haven’t scored.

“We practically had the same formation and the same players as Arsenal but our decision-making process was poor.

“Unfortunately at this level you have no chance after chance after chance.”

One possible change will be to play Joelinton, which worked for Wolves briefly before Gayle got injured.

Bruce said: “We’ve played it (Joelinton) extensively for a little bit of play and it’s something we can watch, I suppose.

“Whether it’s a change of shape, a system or staff, it’s something that I will consider and make a decision in the next few days.”


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