Eddie Howe Rebukes Newcastle Winger Anthony Gordon Over Angry Reaction to Substitution Against Brentford
Newcastle United showed a remarkable comeback in the game against Brentford with two quickfire goals by Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson after being 1-0 down at halftime. However, tensions flared up between manager Eddie Howe and midfielder Anthony Gordon after Gordon was substituted off late in the game. Gordon appeared angry and rebuffed Howe’s attempt to communicate with him before he was replaced by experienced player Matt Ritchie. Coach Graeme Jones had to intervene to calm Gordon down.
As reported by Talksport, Howe later warned Gordon that he must learn to control his emotions better in the future. Though he acknowledged his passion, he said, “He just needs to control his emotions in that moment, but there no problems.” The win against Brentford has boosted Newcastle United’s hopes of finishing in the top four as they have now won their fifth successive match in the Premier League.
Why Gordon was Substituted?
Gordon was brought on at halftime to help the team turn the game around. However, he had to be taken off late in the game as he was holding his ankle. Concerned about his health, Howe decided to put an experienced player like Ritchie instead. He also clarified, “It is no reflection on his time on the pitch (to take him off).”
Creating Positive Vibes in the Dressing Room
Despite the altercation between Gordon and Howe, the coach made sure to show his support for the youngster. After the game, Howe was seen with his arm around Gordon, and there was no bad blood between them. This action reflects the importance of creating positive vibes in the dressing room, especially when a team is going through a crucial phase of the season.
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