Sky commentator left shocked by Kieran Trippier's ‘lack of quality’ despite Fulham win
Newcastle overcame a spirited Fulham side at St James’ Park as Alexander Isak’s late headed goal handed them a 1-0 win.
Eddie Howe’s side dominated for large periods of the game but struggled to break down a resilient Fulham defence.
Trippier linked up brilliantly with Miguel Almiron down the right-hand side, with the duo even receiving praise from Jamie Redknapp at half-time.
But Hinchcliffe was less impressed with the 32-year-old and feels his crossing was slightly off today.
Hinchcliffe left shocked by Trippier’s crossing
Trippier certainly struggled with his delivery in the first-half as he found himself in promising positions, but just couldn’t pick out one of his teammates.
This continued at the beginning of the second-half and Hinchcliffe was left shocked in the 58th minute after Trippier delivered a cross that was collected by Bernd Leno.
“That was a real surprise,” he said while co-commentating on the game on Sky Sports.
“There has been a lack of quality at times for Kieran Trippier with his delivery into the box.”
Trippier’s delivery improved dramatically after the opening hour and the Sky commentator even went on to praise a couple of his attempts after the initial criticism.
The £12 million man has been brilliant for the Magpies this season and despite his crossing being slightly below-par today, he was still a constant threat down the right-hand side.
He did give away a penalty in the second-half as he was judged to have fouled Bobby Decordova-Reid. But luckily for Trippier, Aleksandar Mitrovic kicked the ball against his standing foot, which led to the spot-kick going down as a miss.
Howe’s men were certainly pushed all the way today but the Newcastle boss will be delighted as they dug deep to grind out a 1-0 win.
Newcastle moved back up to third-place with the win and are showing with each passing week that they are firmly in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
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