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Mathias Jensen: Brentford ‘gave’ Newcastle United 5-1 win

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Brentford midfielder Mathias Jensen says his side “gave” Newcastle United their 5-1 win on Saturday. 

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After a frustrating start to the season amid injury problems and dubious VAR calls, the tails are very much up at Newcastle right now. Nine goals have been scored in two games, with only two conceded, all while welcoming back key players into the squad.

Fifth in the Premier League table, the going is certainly good. Just over a year on from the takeover, Newcastle United are completely unrecognisable from the club who tread water (and sometimes submerging into the depths of the Championship) for so long under Mike Ashley.

Saturday’s win over Brentford was another huge win for Eddie Howe’s side, who have still only lost once this season. Still, Jensen believes his team had adequate “space” in which to play and secure a result but were let down by individuals mistakes.

What has been said of Brentford’s loss to Newcastle?

Speaking to his club’s official website, Jensen said: “It’s a lot of individual mistakes that led to the goals, but we can’t concede five goals in the same game.

“It was tough, but we made it much tougher by making big mistakes.

“There was actually a lot of space to pass the ball. I think we gave them the win.”

Were Newcastle good value for their win?

Given the scoreline, it seems somewhat over the top to look into the statistics. Still, such were the manner of Brentford’s individual errors, perhaps a glance over them would offer a more accurate reflection of the game.

Obviously, Thomas Frank can not legislate for David Raya’s lax pass into midfield in the build-up to Jacob Murphy’s goal, Ethan Pinnock’s awful ball to Raya that allowed Miguel Almiron to round the Brentford ‘keeper or Pinnock’s late own goal. However, as much as Newcastle were gifted those three goals, it’s not as if they weren’t dominating.

Indeed, according to the Premier League’s official website, the home side controlled the possession (54.5%), had far more shots on target (16 to 6), more of which hit the target (6 to 3). Understat‘s data, meanwhile, suggests Newcastle should have won based on the quality of chances outside of the individual errors alone, with their xG rating 2.45-1.13.

Brentford made it much easier of course but Newcastle did more than enough to create their own luck.

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