Newcastle managed to beat the better performers Sheffield United, thanks to their solid defensive actions and the perfect timing of their attacking ones. Despite Sheffield’s dominance while having only 27% of the possession, the Newcastle players were able to take advantage of their opponent’s mistakes, while making sure to not allow lapses in their own defence.

The lack of strong finishing by Sheffield’s front duo helped them too, although they conceded a few chances and the only reason for them keeping the clean sheet is the outstanding performance by the keeper Martin Dúbravka.

The Magpies worked strongly under pressure, and despite lacking the perfect build-up and structure, they managed to make things work timing their attacks well.

This tactical analysis aims to break-down both team’s tactics using analysis and answer why Sheffield United failed in their efforts to score, despite controlling the game.

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