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Piers Morgan digs at Matt Hancock as spat becomes most watched Good Morning Britain moment ever - Chronicle Live
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has a dig at Matt Hancock over their clash on free school meals
Piers Morgan couldn't resist taking another shot at Matt Hancock as he revealed that their recent Good Morning Britain spat is the 'most watched moment' in the show's history. Outspoken host Piers and the Health Secretary have locked horns on numerous occasions over the past year as Piers has tried to hold Government officials accountable for the way some things have been handled in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. This week, Matt Hancock returned to GMB and, as well as revealing when we should know if lockdown is working, he as put on the spot by Piers and co-host Susanna Reid about the free school meals scandal. The controversy was sparked by a Twitter post from an angry parent who shared a paltry package she'd been sent to feed her children. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles The post was picked up on by Marcus Rashford, the young footballer who successfully campaigned for the Government to extend its free school meals scheme last year. Branding it unacceptable, the Manchester United star vented: "Children deserve better than this." Piers asked Hancock if he regretted voting against the continuation of free school meals during the pandemic and why he chose to, but the Health Secretary, while admitting the package sent to the parent was "disgraceful" repeatedly refused to answer Piers question. He ended: "I'm really glad that the situation has been resolved." Piers Morgan and Matt Hancock clash over over free school meals "disgrace" (Image: ITV) Footage of the interview, which went out live on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, was shared widely on social media and on Friday, Piers revealed it had been seen by 20 million people. Posting the video, the former Britain's Got Talent judge, tweeted: "This clip has now been viewed 20 million times on social media - making it the most watched moment in @GMB history. Next time, Health Secretary @MattHancock - just say Yes. Will save you a lot of pain." One of his many followers reacted: "Why can't these people just say "I've changed my mind, I was wrong for voting against it."? This squirming just looks terrible for them," and another replied: "Its an absolute embarrassment, regardless of politic persuasion. It actually upset me; I dont have children but how can he sleep at night?!" Others actually defended Hancock, telling Piers: "Right or wrong Piers, its now getting to the point where you are more interested in pushing your own ego than anything else." Piers did find praise from world famous footballer Patrick Kluivert, who told him: "You got him there Piers,well done," to which the presenter responded: "Thanks, Legend.. sometimes the most damaging & revealing questions for politicians are the simple ones that go to the heart of their integrity & character..."
Is lockdown working? Graphs show latest coronavirus infection rates for the North East - Chronicle Live
Every local authority area across the region has experienced a drop in coronavirus cases since the national lockdown was imposed
These graphs show a steady decline in Covid-19 cases across the North East since lockdown was introduced. Latest Public Health England data has revealed all seven authority areas in the region have recorded a decrease with a 22% drop in cases to 7302 in the week leading to January 9, from 8899 in seven days ending on January 4. The welcome downturn comes after North East cases alarmingly rocketed by 95% from the week ending December 26 and peaked in the seven-day period ending on the day before lockdown restrictions came into effect. The Government has returned to its message of 'stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives', with similar restrictions in force to those faced in the original shutdown in March. As a result, non-essential services and businesses have been forced to close, including pubs and restaurants. North East health bosses have said infection rates across the region seemed to have stopped rising but it is not clear yet whether they will fall. South Tyneside has seen the biggest drop with cases falling 35% from 833 in the seven days to January 4 to 617 in the week ending January 9. County Durham recorded the highest number of cases in the North East and has seen a 24% decline over the period recorded, while Sunderland has seen figures plummet by 35%. According to the Newcastle City Council's latest figures, the current Covid infection rate in the city is 257 new cases per 100,000 people per week below the North East average of 337, and the England average of 520. Prof Eugene Milne, the citys public health director, said the Newcastle figure was the 13th lowest in the country but still much too high to feel secure, especially given the presence of the new, faster-spreading virus strain. He added that he was worried about the rate of cases among over-65s in the city rising, saying it reinforces the need for us to move as rapidly as we can in protecting the older population. It comes as Public Health England data revealed Covid-19 rates have fallen in most regions of England and across all age groups apart from the over-80s, in the latest sign that lockdown measures are having an effect. At the same time, however, the PHE surveillance report noted that there were more people being admitted to hospitals and intensive care units. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Professor Neil Ferguson, whose early modelling of Covid-19 made him a key player in the UKs first lockdown, said there were "signs of plateauing" in some parts of the country, which has been shutdown since January 5. In a statement released on Thursday, North East directors of public health warned that while "remarkable progress" is being made with the vaccination rollout, a huge number of people remain unprotected meaning that "danger of rates spiralling out of control is still very real". They have urged people to remain vigilant and to stay at home as much as possible to help bring cases down. They said: "We are seeing that infection rates across the region look to have stopped rising but it is not yet clear if they will plateau as we saw in October or fall. Either way, the current rates remain too high for comfort and we need to see further progress. "We must all continue to stay at home except for the permitted exemptions, maintain hand hygiene, social distancing and the use of face coverings and do everything we can to prevent our NHS services from becoming overwhelmed. "Whether or not tighter restrictions are needed in the future will be decided by Government based on the national picture, but for now, we must carry on staying at home and keep driving infection rates down."
10 signs that you could have had Covid-19 already - and may be immune 'for five months' - Chronicle Live
It comes after a huge NHS staff study found immunity after the virus can last for at least five months
As the race to vaccinate Britain against Covid-19 continues, many are wondering if they are already immune A Public Health England study of almost 21,000 NHS workers was published this week, having followed the staff for nearly five months. The Mirror reports that those who caught coronavirus and were symptomatic had a 90% chance of avoiding falling unwell again with the disease over the next five months. When people who had caught the virus but had been asymptomatic were taken into account, that number fell to 83% PHE's Siren Study will now continue to see how long natural immunity tends to last for among people who've caught the bug. According to an overview of multiple different studies into Covid-19, around one in five people who catch the virus experience no symptoms. With 3.2million people having officially tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, according to Department of Health data, hundreds of thousands may have caught the bug and acquired immunity without suffering any symptoms. Many others who believed early last year, when scientists thought the virus was still contained in China, that they had the cold or flu, may in fact have caught coronavirus and now be immune. Here is a list of the telltale signs that you may have had Covid-19 and might as a result now be immune. It should be remembered that people who have caught the virus don't have a free pass to start living like everything is normal. There are several signs that you may have had Covid-19 (Image: OJO Images RF) Professor Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser at PHE and the Siren study lead, warned: "We now know that most of those who have had the virus, and developed antibodies, are protected from reinfection, but this is not total and we do not yet know how long protection lasts. "Crucially, we believe people may still be able to pass the virus on. "This means, even if you believe you already had the disease and are protected, you can be reassured it is highly unlikely you will develop severe infections, but there is still a risk that you could acquire an infection and transmit to others." Memory loss and brain fog An unpleasant and in a lot of cases long-term effect of coronavirus is a kind of mental fogginess. Many sufferers of long Covid have reported having trouble thinking clearly for months after getting over the first part of the virus. On Thursday, Labour's Andrew Gwynne said that his memory was "shot to pieces". The MP explained he began to feel "grotty and run down" in March, went on to display Covid-19 symptoms, and his initial illness lasted for about 12 days although he still feels the effects today. The MP for Denton and Reddish told the Commons: "My condition is not as severe as it was even just a few months back, there have been real improvements, but it's been a hard slog to get here. "For the first seven months or so the exhaustion came back frequently and to the point where doing just simple tasks around the house brought me out in massive sweats like I'd run the London Marathon. "I had lots of dizzy spells, I've never had vertigo before this, and oh the brain fog - in a job where you have to be razor-sharp, my short-term memory is shot to pieces. "I've had to learn to pace myself, trying to push my limits would set me back." Covid tongue According to Professor Tim Spector, more and more people are heading to doctors complaining of issues with their tongue. The King's College London epidemiologist, who heads the Covid Symptom Study App, said that the disease seems to cause tongue changes including pain, discolouration, swelling or a strange texture. A leading professor says uncommon symptoms include Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers "Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers," Professor Spector tweeted. "If you have a strange symptom or even just a headache and fatigue, stay at home!" If you are suffering from tongue issues it might be because you've had Covid-19, or that you've got one of a number of other conditions which can be the result of poor mouth hygiene, smoking or an unhealthy diet. Stomach ache Some coronavirus patients have suffered stomach aches for weeks after catching the bug. The American Journal of Gastroenterology published a study suggesting the virus could cause digestive problems such as diarrhoea. It analysed data from 204 patients in China, discovering that 48.5% of them had tummy issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhoea when they were first hospitalised. This is another symptom which may indicate you've had the coronavirus, a host of other conditions or simply too large a dinner last night. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Eye infections This symptom is a relatively rare one, but still thought to impact around 3% of the millions of people who've had the coronavirus. Chelsey Earnest, a nurse at the Life Care Centre in Washington, said that red eyes are the "single most important" sign that patients have Covid-19. Speaking to CNN, she explained: They have, like ... allergy eyes. The white part of the eye is not red. It's more like they have red eye shadow on the outside of their eyes. Other people have reported symptoms like conjunctivitis. Fatigue After weeks of lockdown in the depths of the winter, it may seem difficult to tell coronavirus linked fatigue with general burnout. Yet sufferers of this common long Covid symptom compare it more to a "flatlining" sense of exhaustion than typical tiredness. Fatigue can be a symptom (Image: Getty Images) The symptom can have a crippling impact on people's lives and turn the simplest of tasks into a huge struggle. If you've been finding yourself low on energy, then you may be one of 38% of people a World Health Organisation study found had Covid linked to fatigue. Laboured breathing The images of people struggling to breathe on ventilators will be some of the most enduring of the pandemic. While the horrors acute patients suffer in intensive care wards are well understood, research into the impact seemingly mild cases of Covid-19 can have on lungs is only just beginning. A lot of people who were asymptomatic to begin with have found themselves struggling to breathe in the months since being infected. If you are finding it hard to catch a breath or if your partner has noticed you're breathing more heavily than normal, then you may be suffering from Covid-linked lung damage. Hair loss Although not one of the telltale signs we've been told to watch out for during the pandemic, hair loss may indicate you've had coronavirus. Doctors have long linked unexpected balding with recovery from fevers. Enid Child shared a picture of her hair loss months after both she and her son tested positive. The grandmother-of-four, from Pencoe, originally fell ill in mid-September and tested positive for the virus days after. But it was not until she was referred to her doctor in November that she learnt her hair loss was linked to Covid-19, usually emerging in patients months after their diagnosis. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles The 61-year-old said: "The photo I posted was one morning's brush worth. "That's why I bagged it - I was going to my doctors to get my first lot of bloods to check my iron levels and the rest because my iron levels had dropped. My practice nurse was quite shocked when she saw me. "She asked does it come out voluntarily. I just put my hand up - by then my hair was waist-length - and ran my hand through my hair and I got another handful. She said 'I think you better speak to a doctor'. "The doctor phoned me that afternoon and that was when it was confirmed it was an effect of long Covid." She added: "My hair has gone really really thin. Yes, it still covers my scalp and things but I have lost an awful lot of hair." Anxiety and insomnia Another symptom that is not the easiest one to spot - given the mental strain many are under each day at the moment - but researchers believe Covid-19 can lead to anxiety, depression and insomnia. There are many causes for anxiety and insomnia (Image: Shared Content Unit) Scientists from the University of Oxford analysed electronic health records of 69 million people in the USA, including over 62,000 Covid-19 patients. Their analysis revealed that in the three months following a positive Covid-19 test, one in five survivors were found to get a diagnosis of anxiety, depression or insomnia for the first time. Thats about twice as likely as for people without Covid-19, according to the researchers. Hearing loss and tinnitus In November, a study was published which showed many people suffered from hearing loss for months after catching the bug. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University looked at the hearing problems affecting Covid-19 patients, both in the short and long term. In the study, the team analysed 3,103 Covid-19 patients with tinnitus - a condition that causes a constant ringing or buzzing in the ears. The analysis revealed that 40% of the participants experienced a worsening of their tinnitus amid their Covid-19 infection. And while the majority of participants had pre-existing tinnitus, a small number reported that their conditions as initially triggered by developing Covid-19 symptoms. Dizziness Another classic sign of long Covid, and one which seems to sneak up on a lot of previously asymptomatic patients, is dizziness. Feeling suddenly wobbly or unsteady on your feet may be a sign you've had the virus. Dean Dobson, from Bedlington, who has been diagnosed with suffering from long Covid (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) Dean Dobson was off for work for months due to a particularly bad case of long Covid. It's the worst thing I've ever had to experience in my life, he said. At the end of February I was at work and I just started getting dizzy, unsteady on my feet, being sick, struggling to breathe. I went to the hospital and the doctor who examined me mentioned that people were panicking about coronavirus as it was first hitting the world about that time. "But he said it was an upper respiratory infection and I was sent home to rest.
Dec delighted for Ant but has yet to be asked to be best man for Anne-Marie wedding - Chronicle Live
'I wait to be asked' said Dec on whether he will be Ant's best man following news Ant got engaged on Christmas Eve
Declan Donnelly is thrilled about his best mate Ant getting engaged - but he's still waiting to be confirmed as best man. Ant McPartlin popped the question to Anne-Marie Corbett to Christmas Eve and wedding bells are on their way. His fellow I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here host Dec spoke about his long-term co-star's good news outside his London home on Saturday. Dec was clearly delighted that Ant is getting married, the Mirror reports, but said he has not been asked to be Dec's best man at the ceremony, which is expected to be held next year. Dec fulfilled best man duties for Byker Grove co-star Ant's first wedding, to Lisa Armstrong in 2006, while Ant was Dec's best when Dec tied the knot with Ali Astall in Newcastle in 2015 Dec said: He hasnt asked me yet. I wait to be asked. Well see! Anne-Marie, 43, was Ants personal assistant and was said to be his rock during tough times in his life that resulted in a year away from the TV screen. He was admitted to rehab for a second time after a drink-drive crash in April 2018. Ant was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month ban. The accident came after he had developed an addiction to painkillers following a failed knee op and alcohol. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Anne-Marie and Ant moved into a £6million house in South West London last year. They also added to their family with two Maltipoo dogs, Milo and Bumble. Ant and Lisa were wed for 11 years. They divorced in a reported £31million settlement.
530,000 doses of new Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine arrives at hospitals ready for roll out on Monday - Chronicle Live
The vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca arrived at some hospitals on Saturday, including Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath
Batches of the new Covid vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca have started arriving at UK hospitals. Some 530,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be available for rollout across the country from Monday, with vulnerable groups already identified as the priority for immunisation. One of the first hospitals to take delivery of a batch on Saturday morning was the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, reports The Mirror. Dr George Findlay, chief medical officer and deputy chief executive at the trust, said the vaccination programme gives NHS staff "more confidence" coming into work. As it can be kept at normal fridge temperature, he said this vaccine is "much easier" to administer compared to the jab from Pfizer and BioNTech, which needs cold storage of around minus 70C. Rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab began almost a month ago, with more than a million people having already received their first coronavirus jab. Second doses of either vaccine will now take place within 12 weeks rather than the 21 days that was initially planned with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, following a change in guidance which aims to accelerate immunisation. Hundreds of people are expected to be vaccinated per day at the Princess Royal Hospital site, with efficiency expected to increase after the first few days of the programme, according to Dr Findlay. "We've got a delivery hub set up in the grounds of this hospital, so we've got the infrastructure there to invite people in for booked appointments," he said. "And we will make sure those booked appointments are full every day from Monday going forward." Among those to be vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab from next week will be vulnerable NHS staff and social care workers who are at risk. Assistant Technical Officer Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (Image: PA) "We started vaccinating on our other hospital site a few weeks ago, it's been seen as a really positive step, something that gives staff more confidence to come to work," Dr Findlay said. "You only have to look at the statistics over the last 10 months about how many staff have suffered illness, or sadly lost their lives. "This gives staff the confidence to come to work to be able to look after patients." Dr Findlay said the hospital has been under "quite a lot of pressure" since the start of December due to a rise in cases amid a new variant of the virus. "And that's increased over the past few weeks as cases in the community increase, and then hospitalisations increase, and critical care requirements increase," he said. "Staff are coping amazingly well, they are working incredibly hard, and we are increasing capacity to deal with the most sick patients. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles "So whilst it's really difficult, and staff are under pressure, the hospitals are coping and we are still providing care to everybody who needs it." He said the hospital had decreased planned care, with some routine operations postponed to enable staff to focus on the Covid-19 response. On potential staff burnout, Dr Findlay said he worries about the physical and mental wellbeing of workers, calling it an "incredibly difficult year". "We have gone through wave one, which was unknown and hugely pressured," he said. "We then tried to focus on recovery, so deliver care to the patients that were postponed, and people worked really hard at that. "And then we're straight into the next wave so nobody has had a break really for pretty much all year, so we are really worried about fatigue, stress, strain, and we're doing everything that we can to try and support our staff. But it's just always a worry."
'Unbearable' new stinky side effect of long Covid discovered by top surgeon - Chronicle Live
A leading UK ear, nose and throat surgeon has identified the unpleasant feature
Another symptom of 'long Covid' has been identified - one that torments sufferers with "disgusting" smells. Researchers say they've uncovered yet another unusual side-effect hitting those who've otherwise recovered from coronavirus, as some patients report being haunted by the stink of fish or burning. The effect is putting some patients off their food or leaving them unable to enjoy some of their favourite drinks. Leading ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon Professor Nirmal Kumar said this very strange and very unique long-term symptom - which is known as parosmia - seems to be affecting young people and healthcare workers in particular. The surgeon, who is the president of ENT UK, was among the first medics to identify anosmia, loss of smell, as a coronavirus indicator in March, and urged Public Health England to add it to the symptom list months before it became official guidance. Since then, it's become one of the key symptoms of the disease to look out for, and anyone who has lost their sense of smell is urged to get a Covid-19 test. After treating and studying patients with long-term anosmia, something he said has affected thousands of people across the UK, Prof Kumar noticed that some were recovering only to experience parosmia. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Prof Kumar told the PA news agency: This morning I saw two patients with parosmia. One said they could smell fish in place of any other scent, and the other can smell burning when there is no smoke around. Both are healthcare workers, and we think there is increased incidence in young people and also in healthcare workers because of exposure to the virus in hospitals. For some people, it is really upsetting them. We are calling it neurotropic virus, he added. What this means is the virus is affecting the nerves in the roof of the nose its like a shock to your nervous system, and the nerves arent functioning. Other long Covid symptoms affecting some people include breathlessness, a cough that won't go away, joint pain and muscle aches, with some suffering for months after contracting the disease. While a change in smell might seem like a minor side effect, sufferers say it can have a "depressing" effect on their lives. Daniel Saveski, a 24-year-old banker living in London, said he lost his sense of taste and smell for two weeks after contracting coronavirus in March, and has been suffering with parosmia since. Mr Saveski, from West Yorkshire, said strong-smelling things like bins now have a burning, sulphur-like odour, or smell like toast. He added: Its lessened my enjoyment of food, and its a bit depressing not being able to smell certain foods. Lynn Corbett, an administrator for an estate agent, said she was shocked to wake up on her 52nd birthday in March with absolutely no smell or taste. Ms Corbett, from Selsey in Sussex, said: From March right through to around the end of May I couldnt taste a thing I honestly think I could have bitten into a raw onion such was my loss of taste. She said her sense of smell began to return in June, but nothing smelled like it should. Most things smelled disgusting, this sickly sweet smell which is hard to describe as Ive never come across it before, she said. She added that despite being a coffee addict before March, the drink now smells unbearable, as do beer and petrol. Ms Corbett said: Im not sure if things will ever return to the way they were. Im OK with it, I just think myself lucky that if I did have coronavirus, which it looks like I did, then I havent been seriously ill, hospitalised or died from it like so many others. Charity AbScent, which supports people with smell disorders, is gathering information from thousands of anosmia and parosmia patients in partnership with ENT UK and the British Rhinological Society to aid the development of therapies. AbScent recommends smell training, which involves sniffing rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus oils every day for around 20 seconds for those trying to regain their sense of smell.
Strictly's Claudia Winkleman makes alarming error over contestant in Christmas countdown - Chronicle Live
Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman made a massive error that, more surprisingly wasn't cut by producers
Strictly Come Dancing fans were left stunned by its Christmas special as Claudia Winkleman dropped a clanger that more surprisingly, wasn't cut by producers. Strictly 's Christmas show didn't go ahead as normal this year, with the annual battle for the festive crown shelved due to the coronavirus and replaced by a countdown of some of the show's most memorable moments. The number 1, as voted by fans, was 2015 champions Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani's Pulp Fiction jive, with other ones finishing high up including Ed Ball's memorable Gangnam Style routine; Jill Halfpenny's unforgettable jive to I'm Still Standing on her way to winning in 2004 and Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse's samba from their winning run last year. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Just missing out on the top spot was Oti again with another samba, this time alongside 2016 runner-up Danny Mac. And, while die hard Strictly fans weren't shocked at all that the amazing dance finished so high up, they were stunned when Claudia Winkleman introduced former Hollyoaks star Danny as a former champion. She said: "At number 2, it's another samba from 2016 Glitterball champion Danny Mac and his partner Oti." As any Strictly fan knows, Danny didn't win, being beaten by presenter Ore Oduba in 2016, a fact they expected Claudia and definitely producers to know! One viewer took to Twitter to post: "Hang on..... Danny Mac didnt win?? Did anyone else clock that from Claudia" and another tweeted: "CLAUDIA JUST CALLED HIM 2016 GLITTERBALL CHAMPION DANNY MAC, IF ONLY CLAUDIA BUT THIS SAMBAAAAAA!" Others, still not over the fact Danny wasn't a Strictly champion, were thrilled by Claudia's clanger, with one posting: "Glitterball champion Danny Mac" Yes Claudia yes!! That's what should have happened," and a fourth reacting: "Claudia confirming that Danny Mac actually beat Ore in 2016 is my favourite Christmas present this year. My new ringtone"
'Bruce out' banner removed as Newcastle boss vows to fight on ahead of internal talks - Chronicle Live
Newcastle United are in a bad state as they prepare to check out of 2020
Steve Bruce and his players were back in training this morning following their horror show at Brentford in the League Cup last night. The Magpies failed to lay a glove on the London side in the second half despite having FOUR strikers on the field by the end. The game concluded in a farcical manner with centre-forward Andy Carroll tackling his OWN player before sending a shot into Row Z as Newcastle failed to find an equaliser to send the game to a penalty shoot-out. Bruce has vowed to fight on in the immediate aftermath of the awful cup exit and preparations for the Boxing Day game at Manchester City are swiftly under way. A "Bruce out - time to go" banner was hung up outside the training ground last night but has since been removed. Newcastle go into Christmas and find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons but it doesn't get any easier with a trip to Man City, a home clash with champions Liverpool and then Leicester City at St James' Park to see in 2021. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Bruce made no excuses and opted against fighting the criticism after losing 1-0 to a weakened Brentford team. He said afterwards: "I have to accept the criticism - which is fully justified - get ready for the challenge of a difficult Christmas period, dust ourselves down and get on with it. "We were too slow in possession. We didn't do enough, we didn't cause them enough problems, especially with the attacking players we had on the pitch." An internal set of meetings will now get under way at Newcastle to decide on what happens next but Bruce wants to fight for his position. The decision Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would have on his hands his whether to pay out compensation and replace Bruce while also releasing extra funding for a new manager. Not only would that hit Ashley hard in the pocket, he would also have to entice a new boss with a January transfer kitty. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Newcastle are eight points clear of the relegation zone and haven't been in the relegation zone since October 2019. Bruce himself stated that 13th place in the Premier League wasn't acceptable but Newcastle will be lucky to be any higher after Christmas with such a tough fixture list ahead. Bruce also has to contend with some tension in the dressing room with a clutch of players unhappy to be sidelined. Indeed, Matty Longstaff wasn't even in the squad last night and has played just 29 minutes all season, just months after signing a contract that supposedly assured him more game-time. Andy Carroll has also looked a frustrated figure in recent games after not getting a chance. His appearance last night ended his run of being an unused sub but he may argue he should have been sent on earlier in the tie to make a proper impact.
Brentford 1-0 Newcastle match report: United's shambolic exit leaves big question on Steve Bruce - Chronicle Live
Newcastle United travelled to Brentford looking to make last four but ended up knocked out of the Cup in farcical circumstances
Newcastle United are going nowhere - as this painful defeat at Championship Brentford demonstrated in front of nationwide TV audience. Steve Bruce has spoken of the club "moving forward" and "making progress" but 18 months in, the Magpies have a decision to make it. With Mike Ashley out of the country on his festive break though, who would be the person to make that call. Ashley's close aides Keith Bishop and Justin Barnes watched on at Brentford's brand new Commnunity Stadium in West London, but the venue proved to be nothing but another cup graveyard for the Magpies. It's difficult to know where to start with this one as Newcastle did not look motivated to get the job done against the Bees. Jonjo Shelvey plodded around in the middle - and he was supposed to be captain. Bruce had called for the supply line to Callum Wilson to be improved, but nobody, other than Ryan Fraser seemed to heed the advice. Newcastle simply went through the motions and it was no surprise when Brentford scored mid-way through the second half. In fact the biggest shock was that it took them so long! Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Clearly there are problems for Bruce behind the scenes - or at least this performance suggested exactly that. A lack of cohesion seems to be one of the biggest issues as players crashed into each other, crosses were over-hit and passes rolled wide of their intended target. Perhaps that was underlined when Newcastle were chasing the game in the second half when sub Andy Carroll barged his own player out of the way in Sean Longstaff before firing the ball into orbit. With Man City, Liverpool and Leicester next - the prospect of zero points over Christmas and new year now beckons. But whether Newcastle make a big decision or simply stick with their plan of trying to stay in the Premier League remains to be seen. Ashley has the club for sale but does he really care if Newcastle are 17th or 13th? One thing is for certain, fans seem to be unanimous in their opinion that there should be change. Bruce effectively went for broke in the League Cup by naming a strong side to face the Championship promotion hopefuls. It was the home side who had the first sight of goal when Saman Ghoddos had a crack from outside the box but his shot flashed wide of the post on three minutes. Moments later, Ethan Pinnock rose from a Brentford corner but his header went just over the top in a nervous early moment for the Magpies. Newcastle's first real chance of the night came when Wilson found a way into the box and fired the ball at Luke Daniels after 11 minutes. Josh Dasilva of Brentford celebrates after scoring their team's first goal as Karl Darlow of Newcastle United reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Brentford and Newcastle United The Bees stopper kept the ball out initially but Wilson was unable to get a clean contact on the follow up. With 21 minutes gone, Fraser clipped in a neat cross from the left-hand side but Wilson could not connect from close range. However, the home side should have gone ahead two minutes later when Ghoddos was presented with a chance after a right-wing cross before the Iran international cracked the bar. Brentford then forced Karl Darlow into a fine save as Josh Dasilva struck an effort at goal from a tight angle before Sergi Canos somehow sent a free header wide from the resultant corner. Fraser drove through the centre on 36 minutes but his snapshot was palmed over by the keeper. Just before half-time Wilson strode into the box but appeared to get caught in two minds and after rounding Daniels dragged the ball too far wide of the goal. The ball was played back to Fraser but his shot was blocked by a covering defender. Newcastle went in level at the break, however, it was Brentford who'd looked the more composed of the two sides. Yet Newcastle had the first chance of the second half after Jamal Lewis crossed the ball into the box for Wilson but his header flew over the top. On 49 minutes, Jacob Murphy played the ball down the centre from the right but Wilson was beaten to the ball by Daniels who came rushing out. DeAndre Yedlin did well to cut the ball out and intercept a loose ball on 51 minutes before finding Sean Longstaff. The Geordie midfielder's first-time pass then found Murphy but after getting into the box his effort was extremely poor for a player seeking a new deal. It was a moment which left Bruce with his head in his hands but Murphy could not live with Dominic Thompson's recovering tackle. Bruce made a double change with 25 minutes left as Dwight Gayle and Joelinton replaced Fraser and the disappointing Almiron. The Bees sent on ex-United reserve Ivan Toney for the closing stages as Brentford looked to seal the game. But it was Darlow who came to the rescue to make a sprawling save to deny Christian Norgaard from close range on 77 minutes. At the other end, Ciaran Clark headed at goal but Toney hacked the ball clear at the defensive end. A hasty ball into the box from Murphy tried to pick out Gayle and Wilson but neither could find the finish. Carroll was thrown on for the dying embers of the game with Newcastle finishing with four strikers on the field as Lewis went off. With five minutes left it appeared to be turning into a farce as Carroll eagerly barged his own player out the way in the shape of Longstaff but hammered the ball into orbit. Moments later Carroll sent one wide of the target as Newcastle's desperatation increased. Even when the game seeped into stoppage time, Newcastle lacked urgency and ended up giving free-kicks away at the other end. Old boy Toney could have wrapped it up but blasted wide. A former player that has gone on to be worth millions elsewhere would have rubbed further salt into the wounds for Newcastle. It would have completed the farce in the capital. Newcastle are in a total mess again - the only thing missing is the chorus of discontent from the fans.
Alan Shearer issues scathing Match of the Day verdict on 'dreadful' Newcastle - Chronicle Live
Newcastle United could only draw with Fulham as they failed to answer criticism from midweek
Alan Shearer delivered another scathing assessment of "dreadful" Newcastle as they laboured against Fulham. The Magpies were second best for long stretches against the Cottagers, who sat in the bottom three upon arrival at St James' Park. A Matt Ritchie own goal gave them a deserved lead before Callum Wilson's penalty levelled matters. But it was a poor performance and Shearer felt familiar problems undermined Newcastle. "I thought it was a dreadful performance from Newcastle. No energy. Slow and sluggish in their passing, they didn't create anywhere near enough," he said on Match of the Day. "And again - which has happened far too many times this season - not enough possession. They didn't have the ball enough." Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Shearer has criticised Mike Ashley this season, arguing that the debate about whether Bruce or Rafa Benitez had performed better was pointless while the owner continued to control the club. But he has consistently called out some of Newcastle's most disappointing displays. It might have been worse for United but for Wilson's run and penalty. However pundit Jermaine Jenas felt the Newcastle striker had dived. He said: "I think Scott Parker is right, he has got it spot on. You can see here, the contact from Joachim Andersen on Callum Wilson is outside the box on his arm. To make it clear, from this angle, this is a dive, in my opinion. There is minor contact there on the sole of Wilson, but there is no need for him to be diving like that. I dont think it is a foul. I am surprised Graham Scott gave it, I really am. Shearer agreed. "I dont think it should have been a penalty," he said. "That is a dive. Yes, there is a tiny touch there but it is not enough to bring him down. It should have been a foul outside of the box because he has got hold of his shirt and I thought that was a dive.
See crowds gathering for takeaway drinks outside Newcastle pub despite freezing weather - Chronicle Live
Dozens of drinkers were seen at Grey's Monument on Black Eye Friday after snapping up some al fresco festive pints
Crowds of drinkers have gathered outside a Newcastle pub selling takeaway pints on 'Black Eye Friday'. The North East is currently under the strictest Tier 3 Covid-19 measures, meaning pubs and restaurants are allowed to open for a takeaway service only. But despite the freezing weather, drinkers have turned up in their numbers in Newcastle city centre to get their hands on a festive pint. Traditionally, ' Black Eye Friday ' is the Friday before Christmas which tends to be the busiest night out of the festive season. Its name is due to the violence which sometimes flares after people consume too much alcohol. Dozens of thirsty residents were seen snapping up al fresco drinks in plastic cups from The Charles Grey pub. The Grey Street boozer posted on Facebook: "A Christmas like no other. Let's make the most of it and cheers to the weekend. We'll be serving takeaway festive drinks until 8pm." Many were seen enjoying their drinks in socially distanced groups around Grey's Monument. The restrictions say people in Tier 3 must not socialise in a group of more than six in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility. People outside the Charles Grey pub in Newcastle city centre (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) The North East was plunged into Tier 3 following the second national lockdown in a bid to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases. Now cases, on the whole, are down in the region while infection rates in some places are now lower than places in Tier 2. It comes after ministers forged ahead with plans to allow the rules to be relaxed over Christmas. Three households can combine to make festive 'bubbles' for five days when UK travel rules will also be loosened to allow families torn apart by lockdowns to reunite. On Friday, 28,507 more cases were confirmed in the UK as well as 489 deaths, bringing the overall total to 66,541.
Ryan Fraser's positive performance only goes to highlight one of Newcastle United's main weaknesses - Chronicle Live
Newcastle United were comfortably beaten at Elland Roads as Leeds United hit them for five
Searching for a positive in the aftermath of the embarrassing defeat to Leeds isn't easy because the most positive aspect just goes to re-emphasise just how bad Newcastle United were. Ryan Fraser's first start since October was welcomed, fans and Steve Bruce have seen glimpses of what the Scotsman has to offer but a lack of fitness and then injury has stopped everyone seeing the full benefit. But right from the off against Leeds, Fraser showed a willingness to run at the opposition, looking for the right pass and it paid off as he provided the cross which finally landed at the foot of Jeff Hendrick who fired home to put United one-up. In that goal, we saw Fraser at his best: direct, speedy and accurate. We also were reminded of the relationship between Wilson and him that produced so many goals at Bournemouth. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles But sadly the positive of Fraser's performance simply highlights Newcastle's weakness that Leeds took advantage of - the vulnerability of the full-backs. Newcastle attempted 15 crosses in the whole game with six reaching their target - of which Fraser hit three. Leeds meanwhile attempted 35 of which 12, including Jack Harrison's superb pull back for Rodrigo, reached their destination. Time and time again, Leeds attacked United's full-backs who couldn't deal the pressure. Jacob Murphy and Jamal Lewis were twisted inside out as Harrison on the left, and Raphina on the right created havoc. They weren't helped by a lack of cover from the midfield with Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden and Jeff Hendrick often passengers as Leeds attacked. The heatmaps show the dominance of Leeds' wingers up against United's full-backs (Leeds the orange, NUFC in blue) - Bruce had brought in Murphy after his hand in the match-winner against West Brom but his chances to attack were limited as Leeds simply exploited his defensive weakness. The heatmap for Leeds' wingers vs NUFC's full-backs United were vulnerable at the back - relying on header clearances of which there were 32 to Leeds' ten, interceptions 21 to 13, and of course, saves made by the goalkeeper - which Karl Darlow yet again pulled off a string of top-class stops. Fraser's positive contribution showed firstly the lack of depth when it comes to creating chances in the Newcastle squad who without Allan Saint-Maximin or Jonjo Shelvey barely look like threatening, and while at the same time highlighted just how open their own defence was. Yes, there's an argument that the penalty decision would have turned the game but even by half-time, Newcastle were fortunate not to be behind and by three of four goals - and Leeds had registered 18 crosses before the whistle blew. Too many times this season Newcastle have afforded the opposition to dominate and relyed on Darlow to keep them in the game - and against Leeds, regardless of the performance, they were in at 2-2 until 75th minute. But then they collapsed and only fortune has seen them avoid too many other results like this where luck is not on the side of Darlow. Something has to change. The lack of balls into the box is a big issue. Even against West Brom - it didn't happen until Matt Ritchie switched to LB. But more than that, when you look at how easy Leeds were allowed to put in crosses - more than double of Newcastle - it's worrying.