Steve Bruce’s side struggled their way to a goalless draw with the Seagulls at St James’ Park, and would have been on the losing side if it wasn’t for Schar’s terrific goal-line clearance during the second half.
The Swiss star was very disappointed with his team: “We played a **** game – what can I say?,” he told The Chronicle. “We were lucky to get a point.
“But we played a bad game, that’s it. We move on to the next game but we have to improve on this. We need to play much better. Today was a really bad game for ourselves and that’s all I can really say.”
This type of honesty is refreshing, and is just a small part of the reason why Schar has become a beloved figure on Tyneside. The other reason the fans love the 27-year-old so much is his unbelievable play, and we saw some more of that on Sunday. He was the main reason why they escaped with a point at St James’ Park, producing an unbelievable clearance to deny Aaron Connolly. If that had gone in then the boos would have cascaded in and the criticism would have been even more scathing. Schar himself might have used an ever spicier word to describe the performance. This just isn’t the football that Newcastle supporters who have stuck around from the days of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson are used to seeing. It was fine under Rafael Benitez when it got results, and when they turned it on against teams like Brighton. But to play like this against a similar-level team at home is simply inexcusable. It’s no surprise that Schar had to stretch to an expletive to sum up the display.