That's how I see it too. It doesn't take a tactical genius to park the bus (sorry Jose) and neither does it take one to work out that we've struggled against this tactic in the past. But Newcastle not only got men in defence but also frustrated us in midfield. I reckon Ndidi was targeted for instance and consequently didn't have one of his better games but Rodgers picked up on this (something like 'we didn't have the midfield for this type of game') Madison didn't get the space that made him look so effective against Huddersfield. Ndidi has a great deal of work to do if we sort of play two number 10s. Target that area and you frustrate the heart of our team.It was very well executed and not just '10 men behind the ball'.
Yes, we kinda messed up with our fullback/winger combos but I don't think you can overly blame our players if the opposition works hard, and to a plan, to stifle us. Credit where it's due IMHO.
A learning process for Rodgers and one for the players to work on on the training ground. I'd wanted for our winning streak to continue, as much for team building as for points, but we were hauled short by an effective Newcastle performance. I'm disappointed but not down hearted.