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.