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Almiron A Delight To Work With But Missed A Couple Of Big Opportunities Says Bruce

Miguel Almiron had another frustrating day in front of goal. He’s getting into the right places but is lacking composure when afforded chances to score. Today he missed a few clear chances, and it must be starting to affect his confidence.

Steve Bruce gave an interview to Sky Sports after the draw this afternoon. He initially spoke about the team’s poor day in front goal:

“It was an unbelievable start for them and disappointing for us of course. It took a while, but I was delighted with the response. I thought in the second half if there was anybody going to win it, it was us. We’ve missed a couple of glorious chances, big chances.

“At this level, we say it so often, you’ve got to take them. Unfortunately, you don’t create many opportunities, and we created one or two great ones in the second half and didn’t take them.”

There were a few chances that the lads would like to have back today. They were straight through on goal a couple of times but were unable to beat Ben Foster who had an excellent game for Watford.

We are getting a little concerned with Miguel Almiron who is contributing, but still waiting for that elusive first goal.

This was Bruce’s response when specifically asked about Miguel Almiron’s missed chances:

“Miggy’s had a couple of big opportunities. We’re just hoping he can get one in and get off running. He gives so much so the team. Of course, the longer that hangs over him, you know not scoring, the more anxious everybody becomes.

“He’s a fabulous footballer, a delight to work with. He’s just had two big opportunities today, which hopefully when he takes one will give him the confidence to get more.”

Miguel needs to just take his foot off the gas sometimes, and be a little more cerebral in his play. While his pace is an integral part of his game and vital to Newcastle’s attack, his decision making is hurried at times.

That is particularly the case in the box where he seems to be frantic. He has a lot of ability, and his direct runs are frightening for the opposition. If he can find the right moments to collect himself, he will start adding assists and goals to his game.

174 comments so far

  • jane

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #1

    “The prem have decided to interpret it their own way and the linesmen have still been instructed to flag, even if it’s tight.”

    but can the player play on and if he scores and it goes to VAR will it be a goal?

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #2

    This will hang heavy around his neck until he scores, but I think once he scores, he will come good.
    Shcar, is an abselute bargain. By far our best defender,
    This new right back, hmm? Lots of question marks above his head, not sure he is premiership std, but time will tell

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #3

    On twitter it seems the Perez knockers have moved on and are getting their knives out for almiron. Kid has barely played 15/20 games from the MLS.

  • Paully

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4


    “Bruce is already a major step up in many areas”

    Care to comment Catchpole? Which areas are those exactly?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t give a foot, but what did you think of all the long balls today?

  • barrowtoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Jane if they allow that I’d be fuming if it was against us. As lots of players play to the flag and may switch off when they see it. I know they should play too the whistle but if your a defender and the linesman’s flagging you’d probably take your foot off the gas a bit. I don’t see how they could then go back and award a goal. I guess it only takes once but then no one will listen when the ref blows

  • toon22

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Ahh the traitor flexing his god like coaching muscle ?

    Knocking your player who needs a break in front of goal

    He is as thick as two short planks

  • toon22

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #8


    Knocked Rafa
    Loves the traitor

    Just like Munster

    Funny that

  • Paully

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #9

    They aren’t the same poster toon, they’re both thick as shit but Catchy is also illiterate.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #10

    I said this when we were first linked to Joelinton but he is a player and imo, play to his strengths and he is the real deal. Had no service in terms of chances today and probably his weakest part of his game is what we seem to be looking at playing to for the majority, back to goal and win headers.

    Some comments saying that he needs to stay up front but then when he did that v arsenal and Norwich, he had people commenting that he doesn’t run enough. I don’t know what to say about that but you’re not going to please everyone I guess.

    Joelinton is a player who likes the ball to feet to actually play football. He showed in the buildup to the goal today what’s he’s about even though he didn’t finish the move. If schar wasn’t there he would have taken that position as you can see he went the long way round because of him.

    He likes to pass and pretty much finds the man and keeps possession most of the time. Towards the end, he set muto free after a break. That was actually good play and good timing of the pass. This is what he’s about. Let him run the channels, drop deep and play as he sees fit and he’ll help create for us as long as we can get support and service around him.

    Found today’s game quite frustrating though but Watford came with a plan to make it difficult which is fair considering their start to the season and their form. It was frustrating for me because I have said for ages on here when the onus is on us to have possession and attack we cannot break teams down, give away possession cheaply and get caught out on the counter. Every time. Yet I keep seeing people and comments saying as if it’s easy to attack a bit more and we can start cutting teams up or play exciting football.

    Season is going to be a big struggle as expected and we will be one of the candidates for relegation amongst 4/5 other teams.

    One good thing from today is we recovered from 1-0 down. Midweek and today. Players are behind the manager and each other and it’s good to see. Hopefully, players gel the more time they play while others are able to adapt to the league. Whether it all comes together in time is an altogether different question.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I discussed with somebody at the start of the season, can’t remember who, but when VAR was implemented in past tournaments like the World Cup, linesmen were told to let close offside decisions go and VAR will check them. However in the premier league, linesmen have been told to keep doing what they normally do and if they think it’s offside even if it’s close, the flag.

    Quite stupid really as if you’re wanting VAR to work then you’re just shooting yourself in the foot. Atsu was through today and it was quite clear imo yet was called offside. How can VAR change that now. FA/Premier League are idiots lol.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Thought the Atsu – Willems link up today was excellent
    Caused Watford problems all game
    Said Joelinton had a good game excellent on the ball and passing but was to often out on the right wing for me

  • carltoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #13

    The firs half was horrendous. Longstaff should have been subbed. I think the game was crying out for Shelvey. A lot better second half. Shocked how low the crowd was

  • carltoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Why did Atzu get subbed?

  • carltoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Wish they would practice free kicks!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Paully if im thick, you still failed to convince me with any smart points of view in the last year or two about this mornings topic. But neither did the usual fcukwits on here who shout a lot but rarely make cogent arguments. At least Sports Direct articulated a point of view fairly. The rest of you? Dim .

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Atsu and willems link up was good. Willems had some good deliveries but he’s always been good going forward. If he has sharpened his defensive game up since his younger days in Holland then we have made an astute signing.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Carltoon I havent seen coverage but Lobby just seems up and down. Maybe we are asking too much for his age etc.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Think Atsu was subbed more as a precaution.

  • carltoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I was impressed with Willems second half going forward. Pleased when Manquillo came on.

  • carltoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes Longstaffs still young. The whole team was all over the place.

  • carltoon

    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Ronaldo that’s what it must have been. He’s been playing great.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Totally agree on VAR and offsides and our stupid Premiership Atsu was offside through and flag went up should of went up and had a go
    Almiron went on scores booked was offside

  • AncientC

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Munster Mag; if you were able to frame a “cogent” argument, you wouldn’t persist with your version of events that you went to visit a Newcastle friendly in Ireland, as some kind of pilgrimage to personally pay homage to Rafa Benitez.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Did we tactically over water sections of the pitch at half time to help the ball fizz across the surface because that’s exactly what happened when Atsu missed his tap in chance .

    Longstaff looks cautious and that’s a reflection of his mind set after last years injury. No problem in understanding his position but looks like he needs to further build up his strength and confidence.

    Rafa used to substitute at around 60mins , Bruce leaves it later, too late methinks.

    For the first four games I thought we could have hoped for 5 points ( draws with Arsenal and Norwich and a won against Watford) . We’ve managed 4 but missed out on 6 .

  • toon22

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster Mag


  • stan anderson

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Some people must be so easily pleased if they were satisfied with todays showing.
    Was never gonna be easy but the Toon should be beating Watford at home FFS.
    From what i saw online the atmosphere was non existing in the 1st half.
    Maybe better if you actually go as tv is not good guide,but i wont go back as long as the slug shafts us year in year out.
    Fans are hopefully beginning to see the light and stay away.
    We always will have the diehards who believe it is their duty to go.That is their problem,but hopefully they also get pissed off with Ashlie and his methods of running our club.
    Myself i would refuse free tickets to watch a fight against relegation every season
    Sad to say i believe with Bruce in charge we will struggle again without much hope of survival.
    May have had more confidence with the previous coach though,but he was not backed to take the club on to where we a club as big as Nufc should be.

  • jane

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #28

    “Where there is a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity and the assistant referee is not certain whether the attacker actively involved is in an offside position, the assistant should delay indicating the offence until the phase of play has concluded.

    Where there is a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity and the assistant referee is certain the attacker actively involved is in an offside position, then the assistant should indicate the offence immediately.

    In both of these situations the referee should wait to blow the whistle until the immediate phase of play has ended.”


    is this not happening?

  • kimbo

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Joelinton 1 out of 10 .
    We will not score goals with our front 3 from today.
    Crossing was poor, Longstaff too slow and his passing was poor and caught in possession to many times.
    Watford were poor so what does that make us.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Jane i don’t have an agenda. I did have an Opel Kadett.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Is Krafth the calibre of player Rafa had in mind to strengthen us at right back?

    He looks solid, but on what we’ve seen so far, not as good as Manquillo on balance, nor as good as Yedlin going forward certainly. Still early days of course, but it is a curious signing.

    Almiron will get dropped if he doesn’t start finding the net. What is it now, over 15 games? Could happen as early as next match as we look for goals. A front 3 of Muto, Joelinton, Atsu, and ultimately even a front 3 of Joelinton, Carrol and St Max. Need goals from your attacking players, even someone as industrious, dangerous and fast as Almiron.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Almiron and Atsu both kept coming centrally and at times you could’ve thrown a towel over them.

    When we did hold some width we caused Watford problems, Willems got some canny crosses in, krafth got one for the goal but I’d prefer Manquilo there.

    Our movement was poor all game and with Watford pressing high we had to lump it long far too much, I thought Bruce would have sorted this at half time by getting the players to keep their shape but it was the same in the second half.

    Joelinton is a intelligent player and the goal was all his work, despite others trying their best to lose te ball.

    Theres the makings of a team there but they need more discipline in the formation and not get drawn to the ball.

    Not great, not terrible, not going to write home about it.

  • jane

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #33

    the agenda and Opel Kadett are similar.

  • boss hoggs atm

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #34

    What a sad sh*t show of a club we are, playing 5 at the back at home & content with a draw to a Watford side who could have buried us today with better finishing, enjoy that result because their will be many many worse to come, embarrassing…

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Playing with wingbacks can be very attacking, but you of course must play a higher line and push the wing backs on. Don’t understand why Krafth is in the side ahead of Manquillo, particularly at home.

  • jane

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #36

    5 at the back is the best formation with the players we have. Rafa new it and Bruce found out quite quickly.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 31, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Based on the fact that last season under Rafa we had virtually full house every week, the recent change in manager and “takeover” fiasco has had a big negative effect as we are 7 or 8 thousand down on the gate!
    Big turning point in our history! Those fans ain’t coming back any time soon and it will get worse! The boycott is on!

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 31, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #38


    I’ve just looked 44148 including away fans.

    No boycott called, many fans have just had enough of Ashley taking the piss, I can only see more giving up.

    I’ve heard many already say this is the last season.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 31, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #39

    As I said before, perhaps talk of boycotts and action aren’t necessary, mike’s continuing ridicule and the hiring of the fat ex mackem does all the work required, the slow motion shooting of his own foot.

  • jane

    Aug 31, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #40

    3rd highest attendance today (4th if you include other European leagues).


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