We Were Simply Blown Away By A Far Superior Newcastle Team

Steve Bruce is not one to dodge his responsibilities, and after Sunderland’s 5-1 mauling at the hands of Newcastle United this afternoon, Steve, a Geordie, was not even attempting to make any excuses – good call.

Yes Steve – it was that bad – honestly

After the game, Bruce lamented on the sad performance of his side:

“It’s very difficult for all of us to take, for all of us who have seen us play all season. We turned up and for me only three or four performed to the level of which I’m used to seeing.

“If I’m being brutally honest a few of them got caught up in the whole occasion and didn’t perform to the level which we’ve seen over the last three or four months, with only three or four out of eleven you’ve got no chance of winning the big derby game.”

“For me at time it looked like men against boys and everything that went wrong or could go possibly wrong did. Red cards, penalty decisions, deflected goals, the whole thing was thrown at us in the space of an hour and a half.”

“We’ve all taken big bad beatings, maybe not as difficult as this one to take. The one thing you have to do is just dust yourself down and get ready to get back up again and we need to do it quickly because we’ve got a lot of repairing to do.”

“After witnessing that, all we can do is apologise as a group and I personally can take the whole flak. We were simply blown away by a far, far superior Newcastle team.”

Steve has got some rebuilding to do this next week, as the Sunderland players let their fans down very badly today – and of course it was just a nightmare scenario for the Wearside fans.

Since one of my best friends over here, Peter,  is a Sunderland fan, I do have a little compassion – but only a little – and I still have the video for Peter to watch the game.

I’ll make extra sure there’s nothing wrong with the video by watching it several times,  before I drop it off to him. 😀

If Newcastle fans don’t understand what that defeat means to the Wearside fans, just think if we lose to Sunderland 5-1 at the Stadium of Light – which of course we all know is impossible.

We do have to visit there early next year, but the lads will be extra ready not to let what happened to the Sunderland team this afternoon, happen to Newcastle on 16th January – no way Jose.

The bottom line today is that the Newcastle team rose to the occasion and performed magnificently as a team, and the Sunderland team withered.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Howay the Lads!

  • daffy

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Bruce , thats not good enough! , 4 or 5 players turned up I mean where have they been in the build up to this game? We can just say stomach defeat but 5. 1? This is so feeble from a limp wristed buch of airheads , for f… sake man where was the passion? this will take some turning round + the fans are absolutely fuming!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #3

    daffy is there not a s*nderland blog you could go on?

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #4

    An honest response from Bruce. Obviously this will have mixed responses here given the past but at least he has held both hands up and admitted that it was an unacceptable result for the mackems, so respect for that. Not that this should detract from a fantastic Newcastle performance, we blew them away and once we scored they failed to recover. Nor did we let them.

    As Ed says, Bruce is not making excuses- fair enough- but what can he say? In the biggest fixture thusfar in the North East this season, we absolutely smashed our rivals and they must be gutted.


  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Geordiedoonsooth, I have tried explaining to daffy that it’s a trifle sad he’s on our blog but apparently he doesn’t understand.

    Mind you, he must be a little shellshocked right now. Which is nice.

  • craig_the_toon_fan

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #6

    toon!!! toon!!! black and white army!!!!

    SMB hahahahahahahahahahhahaahahaha

  • Solaidback

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve already seen an excuse from the Muckems whereby it was apparently a young side we faced today but wasn’t that the same young side that drew with Arsenil & Manc Usa, so how come they were hammered by our not so young side, even tho at the end of the game, we had 6 players 24 & under in our team!!!!

    But I suppose they’ll make excuses just to try & ease the pain of a 5-1 thumping by what I must admit, was a fantastic showing by our lads….


  • Solaidback

    Oct 31, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d also like Duffy to tell us who the 4-5 lads were who turned up for them because I can’t remember seeing any,,, lol

  • CT

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #9

    HALLOWEEN HELL!!! Headlines t`Morrow!



    ps BRUCE pissing himself laughing tonight, masterplan coming together!!! HWTL

  • chris6033

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Just awesome. Gotta be hard for the smb’s but who cares. Our boys did us all proud today. Any doubters about chrissy hoots now can just fook right off. Hwtl!

  • ganiyu

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Sunderland 4 lyf

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #12

    A Great Day.

    But unfortunately, if the story about Ashley and Smithers penny-pinching over appointing CH’s choice of assistant is correct, then the idea that this rounds off and concludes a rough week for Houghton is not the case.

    If every success is taken by the management as proof that the shoestring can take still more strain, rather than evidence that further investment could bring even greater rewards, what is the point? Hoots is as loyal as can be but he must be asking himself that question.

    Is he in a ‘win on a budget and we told you so’ or ‘lose and we’ll sack you’ situation?

  • dave 1961

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #13

    They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    They’re altogether ooky,
    The Brucy Family.

    Their house is a museum.
    When people come to see ’em
    They really are a screa-um.
    The brucy Family.




    So get a witch’s shawl on.
    A broomstick you can crawl on.
    We’re gonna pay a call on
    The brucy Family.

  • sweendog

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Hughton tactics and formation
    Carrolls link up play
    Bartons class
    Ameobi playing well
    Nolan on form .. what a day …brings me back to 15 years ago .. lets see if hughton can keep this team for home games and keep getting his good results away from home ..


  • Flop

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Still sooooo happy. I’ve critised Nolan but today he was fantastic, and well done to Shola great penalty great volley well played 🙂

  • chris6033

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #16

    I personally think if an assistant is asking for too much dosh then we don’t need them. We have had enough players and probably managers bleed us dry with high salaries over the year. I back Ashley to do things right. We don’t want pay stupid amounts just to get a “name”. Let’s have someone like hoots who actually WANTS to be at this great club instead of taking a bumper pay deal. Ashley is no mug.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Wrote this in the article before.

    Anyone noticed that we have won 2 PL games on the trot one away and more significantly one big one at home since Colin Calderwood has gone? Question is. Do we really need a couch from outside?

  • Beardsleys Boot

    Nov 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully Mrs Doubtfire (Steve Bruce) realises that he should never have gone to the red and white circus.

  • MacToon

    Nov 1, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Supermac had said wednesday’s team sheet read like a resignation letter!!!!

    Today’s team sheet, performance and result shows that CH needs a decent chance and all the BS written about him this week and said should be ignored and taken with a huge plate of salt!

    Hodgson looked under pressure today but the press no doubt will continue to spout their b0110c3s about us………

  • baro

    Nov 1, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #20

    According to the Daily Mail Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is considering bringing in Brian Kerr as his assistant. The former Republic of Ireland manager and currently Faroe Islands manager who starts our own Joan Edmunsson for Faroe Islands.


  • baro

    Nov 1, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Also according to the Daily Mail if Chris Hughton fails to bring in Brian Kerr than he will bring in Kevin Sheedy his former Ireland team-mate, who is now an academy coach at Everton. I never heard of these 2 guys but if the everton one comes in than i hope he gives the names of some of the everton top youngsters and gives advice to Chris Hughton.

    But, i really hope Peter Beardsley gets the nod to become assistant coach at the club. He has a great connection with the club and is doing a superb job with the youngsters at the moment!

  • JerseyGeordie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #22

    aye baro, beardo has been class and i love having him involved at the club. My all time fav by far. But i think he should stay there for now. He’s a big influence to the bairns an also getting himself some coaching experiance. Hoots’ll bring in “his” man an if his man wants to be here he won’t ask for ridiculous wages.
    St. Hoots is starting to prove that the chris and colin show was more chris than colin.

  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #23

    baro – Kevin Sheedy used to play for us like….?
    Irish International?


    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #24

    While were all having a laugh and thinking that we are all brilliant!
    Not wishing to piss on all your bonfires. BUT, We need to get our feet back down on the ground and think about doing the same at the Emirates next week!

    If we can do that, now that would be special!

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Tiote is massive and is like this seasons Bassong. He is steady and reliable and I would not sell him for less than $10 million. He gets the ball and gives the boys round him a chance to do their jobs. I am looking forward to seeing our first team play arse next week

  • bobby_ollox

    Nov 1, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #26

    My long lasting memory from this game was the tower of players in the Sunderland goal after Nolan’s first. Pure, uncontrollable joy, passion and team spirit.

    Contrast that with the on the pitch arguments at a fragile Man City on saturday as the prima-donnas on high wages started to fall out with each other.

    Money doesnt buy success or happiness.

  • Thump

    Nov 1, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #27

    @bobby_ollox: aye, you just need to look at Blackpool for that. £10k wage cap, inspired signings and some potentially risky tactics that is made less risky by the entire 11 playing for the badge and the person next to them.

    I’m still buzzing about yesterday, still haven’t got my voice back (and I’ve got a job interview later on!).

    Re: mackems who performed, the keeper had a great game despite having to pick the ball out of the net 4 times (won’t include the penalty because it’s 50/50 anyway and he chose the right way), the defender who slid in on Carroll in the first half had a canny game, I think it was him who deflected Joeys shot, too. Malbranque wasn’t exactly terrible but would hardly put him up for man of the match anytime soon and I suppose Bent should get a mention for finally being onside and scoring.

    Overall the scum didn’t show up yesterday and we played them off the pitch – keep this going lads! I’m starting to see what Sol was talking about when he mentioned a Euro spot, the ability is there, just not the consistency.

    Also phil dowd had a good game, a bit of a shaky start and some questionable bookings for both NUFC and Scum players but overall a good game.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 1, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Bruce said:-

    ” Red cards, penalty decisions, deflected goals, the whole thing was thrown at us in the space of an hour and a half.”
    ED – What you mean he’s making no excuses !!!!!
    It was one red card (when we were already 3-0 up), a correct penalty decision and I don’t remember any deflections.

    We played brilliant football and surprisingly and very pleasingly a lot of it on the deck and Carroll really surprised me with his turn of pace running with the ball. Barton and Tiote are gold at the moment.

    Only change for Arsenal, maybe Campbell (if he ever gets fit) for Willo, even thought Willo had a better game yesterday.

  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Having listened to the first half, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

    A magnificent first half over, I was sent to the shops and unfortunately, it took longer than expected having had to pop into a Sky-tvd pub! What a performance, even the south-cost non-aligned topers were gob-smacked…. and Shola’s volleyed goal….. wow, that set ’em talking!

    But for me, the most impressive moments came at the end of the game. The genuine warmth the players (Nolan especially) showed towards Hughton was quite stirring.

    But moreso was Chris Hughton’s modesty in delfecting the credit he deserved towards the players. A true giant of a man who deserves more respect than our erstwhile owner appears to be giving him.

    Mr Ashley, sign Chris up before somebody else does and the players who’ve worked so hard for him, follow him. Then….. it’ll be like the season before last, all over again.

    Mr Hughton, you’re one helluva a man!

  • shearertodomorebigmacads

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Just wondering what people think!? Hughton wearing a suit at west ham and scumderland matches! Do you think the board have told him fail to win and its the sack hence why he is wearing the suit to look smart at his departing press conference? They were must win games! I hope that we do not get rid of CH he is exactly what newcastle need someone who cares about football and not the dosh!

    Europa League next season lol?

  • Lynxie

    Nov 1, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #31

    The tower of players should have been a full page picture on every newspaper back page today.
    Is anyone, anywhere, in any doubt whatsoever, that NUFC are indeed UNITED?

    As for the Tramps………
    yesterday they really were Sad Mackem Bas……….

    Super Supr kev, Super Super Kev, Super Super Kev, SUPER KEVIN NOLAN ha ha ha ha

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    post 24-

    Don’t worry, the bonfires are still burning! But you’re absolutely right- the task now is to get our feet back on the ground and concentrate on the job at hand this season. I have every confidence that the humble, astute and fundamentally grounded Hughton will already have said that the the players and we are now concentrating on the next game.

    If we get something out of the Aresnal game then that would be fantastic, and with this great, great win behind us hopefully we will have the confidence and momentum to go and give them a right good game. After all, that’s all we ask out of these ‘big four’ games, right? Play well, play with pride, give it all you’ve got. I reckon we’ll do just that.

    Imagine we were going into the Arsenal game off the back of a home defeat to the Mackems… scary.

    But we’re not! What a win it was, I’m still buzzing. I was born a good 30 years after our last pillaging of the scum, I was a child when we beat Man utd 5-0 (though I still remember it well) so the best win I recall in my adult life was the 4-1 demolision of the Mackems a few seasons ago. But now, I have this- the best result we’ve had in my adult life. Loving it.


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