Honest Steve Bruce Relieved To Take A Point

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was at least honest after the derby game today – but was hardly happy with his side’s second half performance this afternoon, as Newcastle again dominated the fixture.

Steve Bruce – relieved to take the point

As expected it was another sell-out in the North East for the derby game, and to be fair to both sides, it was another terrific game, played quite sportingly amongst the players, and that was good to see – except for one or two little skirmishes of course.

But newcatsle again got on top and took the lead in the 52nd minute through that Kevin Nolan fellow – you scored his 4th goal against Sunderland this season.

But for the second derby this season, Sunderland scored their goal in injury time,  and this time it was a killer for Newcastle, since it cost the side 2 precious points, and they should really should have taken all 3 points.

But that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes – and these things tend to even out over a season – thank goodness.

So when do Newcastle win the game in the 4th minute of injury time before the end of this season?   We’ll keep a check on that one. 😀

Bruce was hardly happy with his Sunderland team in the second half, although the first half was about even with both sides missing good chances.

We thought before the game that the extra experience of  Newcastle players like Barton, Nolan, Coloccini (fantastic today), Enrique and Harper would allow Newcastle to win the game – and they nearly did it.

This is what Steve said after the game:

“When you’re behind in a derby game and score 30 seconds from the end then of course you are pleased,”

“To rescue it was very pleasing as we didn’t play at all well in the second half. Newcastle started brightly but for the half an hour leading up to half time I thought we were in the ascendancy.”

“Second half we just didn’t play and got caught up in the whole occasion again. We didn’t take the ball down and play as we normally do.”

“We can’t resort to just hitting it forward as quickly as we possibly can because we’re not that sort of team. However, we’ll take the draw, we’ll take a point.”

“The late goal was great for the fans, but for me it keeps us five points above them and ticking along with the big part of the season still to come.”

“You need a bit of luck in a derby game, it was our turn in the last minute. It was a great strike from Phil and it’s hit Asamoah on the chest – that was probably his best touch of the afternoon!”

“Newcastle was a handful and they’re a big, strong physical team. We struggled against that, I have to be honest, but today we’ve managed to get out of it.”

“We need to play the football we know we can. Today we got drawn into hitting the ball forward early which we haven’t done all season.”

It was another terrific derby game today, and credit to both sides, especially for that first half, and we cannot think Newcastle will  be in a relegation trouble, after their solid performances in the last three three games, which have secured 7 points.

We must now just hammer Spurs next Saturday afternoon at home.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Jan 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone seen Sunderlands upcoming fixture list…..OUCH……lol

    Blackpool v Sunderland
    Sunderland v Chelsea
    Stoke v Sunderland
    Sunderland v Tottenham
    Everton v Sunderland
    Arsenal v Sunderland
    Sunderland v Liverpool
    Man City v Sunderland

  • lou9brasil

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Our fixtures don’t look too clever either mate!

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    “So when do Newcastle win the game in the 4th minute of injury time before the end of this season?” – not a win but Coloccini against Wigan? Exactly similar circumstances.

    “…but for me it keeps us five points above them” says a lot about their aims this season doesn’t it? Only finishing higher than us.

    Just been on nufc.com to hear Tino was in the away end, lolsy

  • toonfan09

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #4

    does anyone else find it funny bruce accused us of having no class and then a sunderland fan hits one of our players

  • DanNUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #5

    i agree bucks mag.
    have you noticed that its the same with the majority of sunderland fans too? that they never seem to be concerned about their own season, just finishing above us, seems a bit negative really and quite frankly pathetic.

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon late too soon

  • marcos

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    we cannot blame on Harper as it is part of the game. How many times Harper saved us from a defeat ? Newcastle played better but were a bit unlucky at the end of the match. In my opinion Ameobi was one of the best players as he created many chances but unfortunately he didn`t score. Barton also deserve a credit.

  • giimps

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    I would have taken a point today, especially with 3 of our best players out, (Ben arfur, Carroll and Tiote) I reckon we wud have done em again if Carroll was on in place of Best.
    4 points fro the scum though, and still top half , with our best players to come back, we do need pace on flanks though as an alternative to banging it up the middle .

  • mightymag

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I cant express how much hatred i have for steve bruce, for a geordie and newcastle supporter to manage them is a disgrace! To say all he has in the last week and to try and put us down in anyway he can, what an idiot he is!!!

  • toonfan76

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Lucky! Lucky! Lucky! Lucky! Lucky!
    Anyone else agree?

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 16, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #11

    toonfan09 – absolutely

  • carlton nufc

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    who got hit what player

  • toonfan09

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #13

    did any one watch arsenal yestarday mariner give faubert a yellow for a scissor tackle tht made contact with the player and the commentators were comparing it to tiotes sayin they were similar do these people actually watch football or do they just jump on the band wagon

  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @carlton: Harper.

  • carlton nufc

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #15

    is he ok and i bet the fa dont investgate it as much as the stevanage player

  • Steve_48

    Jan 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #16

    toonfan76 – 100% agree, LMB

  • TAGeordie

    Jan 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Barton, Nolan, Enrique, Collo world class what a performance. They (all the team) played for their shirts today spirit and commitment, a joy. Not even a last gasp equalizer can detract from a performance like that and 4 points from the mackems scoring 6 goals is not a bad return.

  • TooNArMy0

    Jan 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #18

    And he should be sorry for keeping the DJ on Standby for 95+ Min then played nothing .. LOL


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