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Midfielder Set For Return Against Spurs Stresses Need To Move Forward


When asked about Sean Longstaff during his pre-match Press Conference yesterday, Bruce mentioned that Sean was struggling a little with his knee. He had spoken before the match at Norwich of protecting the 22-year-old. It was still quite surprising when reports emerged that Longstaff would not be starting.

This is what Steve Bruce said yesterday about Sean:

“Certainly last week I just detected that he was a little bit ginger with his knee, which is understandable.

“He’s been out for the best part of five months, and the one thing I needed to do was just try to protect him a little bit, and have a conversation with him to say, ‘look, it’s normal that sometimes you might have to miss a day or two’, just to make sure he was ready.

“But certainly, when he came on against Norwich last week, he had an immediate influence on the team and we were much better when he was in there.

“My job is to make sure that he’s right, 100 per cent right. He’s only a young lad making his way, and of course, he’s had a dramatic rise very, very quickly.

“Him and his brother have impressed me immensely, but it’s my job to protect him a little bit as well, and that’s all I did last week.”

When Longstaff came on for the ineffective Ki, he instantly made a difference. However, Bruce had the right intentions in resting the young midfielder at Norwich. Bruce has to protect Sean, and he has over twenty years of experience with players to know how to handle these types of situations.

We expect that Sean will be back in the starting eleven on Sunday. In fact, we think Bruce will revert to the same eleven he played at Arsenal.

Sean Longstaff also spoke to the press yesterday and has given an interview in Sky Sports.

He has spoken about how tough this summer has been and also about the need to move forward. This is some of what Sean has told Sky Sports.

“I was speaking to Rafa throughout the summer, and ultimately I think everyone wanted him to stay. But that’s football. Things change, and ultimately he didn’t want to stay.

“It’s in the past now, and I think everybody, as harsh as it sounds, has to sort of forget about him, as tough as that can be.

“We’ve spent a lot of the start of the season talking about Rafa, and he’s not here. Ultimately he doesn’t have an impact on the team or football club at this time.

“If the team start picking up results, everything will look more positive, and people will forget about the previous manager, as long as we’re successful on the pitch.”

“We had an honest chat, we’ve got an honest group, with a lot of leaders and it came from us really.

“We know as a group we need to be better, and hopefully it’s behind us now, and everyone is looking to be as positive as we can.

“We’re not panicking, and everyone is working as hard as they can to make each other better.”

The obvious quote that a lot of people will seize on is when Sean stresses the need to forget about Rafa. This may not go down too well with some.

However, he is correct in his assessment of the current situation. We wouldn’t want the players to dwell on the fact that Rafa Benitez has left the club. They need to concentrate on their performances and getting results.

Hopefully, they can put in an improved performance on Sunday at Spurs. That will help give the fans at least a little bit of positivity.

Sean knows that this team needs the fans behind them to help spur them on:

“We know it’s not been an ideal start, but I think the whole city needs to get behind the team.

“We know how important they are to the club, and especially in home games, they can make a difference. They help us so much.”


27 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    The Iceman

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    ^^^^^Sean that is

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  • geordietom

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Reilly from previous surely a half decent manger can make changes / tactics while the game is on going . not seen our first 2 games has there been any evidence of Bruce having the know how to do that . after all thats what decent/good coaches/managers get paid good money for . does he take advice off his backroom staff ? . dunno as i said not seen us play yet …

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Rolando
    Ill have to stay away from the pure orange juice and just drink the dilute juice.
    I always think we can get a result against spurs.
    HWTL

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  • hibbit

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5

    munster

    after the arsenal game it would appear that not many in the ground know the songs these days ??????

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail from previous post@13.,yes I thought he could have chosen his words better too

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Tom we did well first half v arsenal. Poor since then though.

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Genjikai@4
    It’s funny but ever since I’ve followed the toon and football in general (early 60’s)spurs have always been an attractive team to watch.. also my favourite no.1 London team to follow… but have always had a soft underbelly defensively.. I would love a result against them but…..

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  • geordietom

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    munster …

    cheers mate for letting me know tomorrows the day for the lads to put things right , if we get beat i’ll take a 1-0 as long as we show some improvement . early doors yet in the epl .

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Hibbit@5…all Chinese students.. maybe??

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Sheiksmate
    We live in hope as always.
    Watch the toon stun the world.
    HWTL
    Is joelinton recovered? Fit and raring to go?

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Sheiksmate
    There was 3 different asian camera crews at boycott arsenal filming the protest.
    No idea who they were.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Tom my biggest concern was the lack of energy feom some key players. Joelinton, ki, shelvey. Jonjo in particular looks like his legs have aged 5 yrs. Im a fan of guys who can pass the ball like that but he’d be better off playing sweeper with that little energy 🙂

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  • geordietom

    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    genjikai …

    your avatar is that you? just going back on what you said a couple of weeks ago.

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  • geordietom

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    munster …

    whats the problem bad coaching ? or just a lazy player / players ? …

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  • Reilly

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Bruce chucking the players under the bus after 2 games.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Genj the boy linton deffo has ability but probably needs more bite and will to win. Our biggest problem may not be bruce, but that the other clubs have invested well eg villa. We badly need norwich and Sheff utd to be in the bottom 3.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Reilly where do you get that from? I dont see any evidence of that.

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    A little off topic, but my last post reminded me of the state of Ncle city centre…. Lots of pretty new hi rise buildngs to accommodate students (mainly Chinese) but what’s going to happen when they all leave over the next 10+ years and don’t need us…. A city centre that resembles the late60s/early 70s?? Hope not

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Tom I wudnt call it bad coaching yet.

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  • Reilly

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Steve Bruce on calls for a change in system: ‘I don’t think it was anything to do with tactics or formations against Norwich.’

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Genjikai @12..well they definitely weren’t local ITV. Haaa

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  • one fine day

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Ok
    Not on glue but thinking we can sneak a shock win here.
    Reasons ?
    Football gods
    Funny old game a la jimmy grieves
    5 nil predictions
    Miggy loves the big stage and lobby looked decent coming on at Norwich .
    England thought they just had to turn up yesterday and look what happened ?
    Want us to win not for Bruce .but for the proper lads n lasses who have gone down their to support knowing we are proberbly in for a howking

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  • geordietom

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    munster …

    anyway mate i’ll see for my self tomorrow …

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  • Reilly

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    in english for munster. “it’s not my fault, it’s the players.Don’t blame me”

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Reilly thats a bit sillt of you. Certainly not throwing them under the bus with that remark.

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  • Reilly

    Aug 24, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #27

    ok

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