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Newcastle United's tactics aren't the problem, it's their passive approach

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It's not the tactics. Really, it isn't.

Newcastle United returned to their ulltra-defensive formation at Spurs on Sunday, with another backs-to-the-wall performance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

On the face of it, a point from the encounter with Jose Mourinho's side could be said to justify the decision.

However, we all the know the truth.

Without a superb display from goalkeeper Karl Darlow, the help of the woodwork and Spurs running out of steam somewhat after their midweek travels, this could - and should - have been a different result.

And that's not to mention the fact United only got something out of the game thanks to a late handball decision which allowed Callum Wilson to net from the spot.

The decision to revert to a back five and sit deeper, shouldn't have been a big issue however - if United put it into practice effectively.

But whether the instructions came from the dressing room, or whether the players were unable to implement the plan, it simply didn't work for Newcastle on Sunday.

Just over a week........

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