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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

  • carltoon

    Sep 1, 2019 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #121

    Genjikai I can take the photos. How can I get them to you?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 1, 2019 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #122

    Club should have a group of forwards like this Rondon, Perez, Almiron, Joelinton, St Max, Muto and Atsu, a proper balance of proven experience and young new potential and if a player hasn’t been able to perform at the required level after a full season and sufficient opportunity, we cut our losses and replace.

  • toon22

    Sep 1, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #123


    Nobody cares anymore

    We don’t exist as a club

  • NY Mag

    Sep 1, 2019 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #124


    You’ve made your agenda very clear. However, I’ll never understand why (as a supporter) you exaggerate (at best) or lie (at worst) to make your point.

    Nobody cares anymore – not true
    We don’t exist as a club – not true

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Sep 1, 2019 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #125

    Well fellow Tooner’s, up to 14th, just need a Everton win and we stay there.

    Lets hope Miggy finds his shooting boots soon, thank god for Schar, seems to comes up with the goods when we seem to be lacking.

  • NY Mag

    Sep 1, 2019 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #126


    Miggy seems to be getting more and more frustrated with himself as each game goes by.
    Bruce needs to put an arm around his shoulder and tell him to calm down and play with a smile on his face 😀

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Sep 1, 2019 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #127

    NY, totally agree, what he needs is a simple tap in to get the ball rolling, like a flick, even a slight mishit or deflection, it’s a weird thing when you have speed, sometimes he has to much and just need to slow it a little, then bang, goal number one and then he can be off to the races.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 1, 2019 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #128

    Paully, you truly are a cretin. You’re the problem you whine about ffs. You are a sheep.
    Why go, if the football spoils your day ffs? I can’t even find words to describe how dumb you must be if you go and hate it. Your life must be so exciting if the highlight is getting ready to go to a game you hate. Nobody is forcing you to go. Nobody’s even asking you to go.
    I don’t care about empty seats, doesn’t bother me one bit. When you ain’t that good, fans drift away regardless of the club. Those thousands who crawled out of the woodwork when SJH bought the club and sniffed success are slowly crawling back from whence they came. And?

    This blog has become a place for Newcastle haters. It bears zero reflection on Match going fans, just an echo chamber of what we already know – Ashleys the problem. But until somebody genuinely tries to buy the club, he’ll remain. Nobody has tried, just chancers and tyre kickers. The man is a prize dick, but he isn’t NUFC and never will be.
    If people choose to let one fat knacker come between them and their club, that says plenty about them. Loads really.
    Sky is why he’s here, yet you boycott the games and watch it through Sky. Whether it’s a stolen stream, it’s still Sky. Sky £125m. Gate receipts £25m. Come on geniuses, what do you think is more attractive to a greedy parasite? Sky money or attendance money? I’ll give you a few months to work it out seeing as it’s so difficult.

  • NY Mag

    Sep 1, 2019 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #129


    Don’t try and cover the darkness with light….just make the light shine brighter 🙂

  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2019 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #130


    I hope you’re not suffering too much after the match. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you’re a hero who suffers pain to support NUFC.

    Of course Ashleys the problem but when it comes to selling the club, how can you be so confident that potential buyers haven’t genuinely tried to buy the club? Ashley’s a proven liar and he’s the one who’s called the likes of Stavely and BZG chancers and tyre kickers – the buyers being bound by confidentiality agreements.

    Ashley doesn’t want to sell the club as he’s getting millions of pounds worth of world wide advertising for what, £2m a year.

    Think about it Bobby, you’re playing into Ashley’s hands and believe you me, if it’s true that Sunderland FC’s now owned by a consortium that includes the founder of Dell computers, it’ll not be long before it’s the biggest club in the north east while SJP becomes more and more derelict as your club languishes in the Championship.

    Bobby, Posada and other loyalists, smell the coffee, see the writing on the wall before it’s too late and that writing on the wall is graffiti by the gates of SJP – ‘Here once was a great football club. Newcastle United, Rest in Peace’

  • NY Mag

    Sep 1, 2019 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #131


    And those buyers have come out and called foul since, right?

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 1, 2019 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #132


    10h ago
    Guardian Pick

    Terrible first half, both sides would’ve been smashed by a team in form, though Watford probably slightly edged it. To give Bruce some credit, Newcastle improved a lot in the second and started to move the ball quickly and with confidence. But still not many chances created from open play – aside from Almiron in the first half, both of the best chances fell to Schar from set pieces – and given how high the line Watford were playing was, the movement wasn’t good enough.

    I’m not sure if Almiron is just totally out of form, or if he’s just not suited to the role Bruce wants him to play. It actually seems to exacerbate his worst qualities: decision making and finishing, while negating his ability to drive forward with the ball from deep, which causes defences a lot of problems towards the end of last season. Christian Atsu was much better than him today.

    I thought Joelinton’s hold-up play was also really good and Willems has improved a lot after a shaky first couple of games where he probably wasn’t really close to match fitness. But there’s a clear disparity between the left and right sides, with Kraft not getting forward very often or contributing to the attack. He didn’t do much wrong but Manquillo was more heavily involved when he came on. Muto also looked a better bet for a goal than Almiron during the short time he was on the pitch and his introduction also allowed Joelinton to play a bit deeper and contribute more to the buildup.

    Moving Almiron to a more withdrawn role on the left and pairing Muto or Gayle with Joelinton is probably worth a go at some point if Almiron doesn’t start contributing with goals and assists in his current role. Either way, Bruce has to get this team creating more chances because the evidence so far suggests they’ll be able grind out some hard fought draws against teams lower in the table and pick up the occasional smash and grab win against a top six side, but won’t score enough to win the games necessary to stay up.

    Beaumont37 Vonnegut
    Almirón is missing Rondón and Rafa. He’s not Bruce’s type at all and his confidence is being shot to He’ll.

    Vonnegut Beaumont37
    Agreed. Joelinton is really good or at least has the potential to be, but though he’s physically very strong he’s a totally different player to Rondon and you can see why Rafa apparently didn’t think he’d be suited to his system.

    I don’t know if he’s that well suited to what Bruce wants to do either, although I haven’t really worked out what that is yet. Anyway, Almiron likes to run with the ball from deeper areas, and is very good at it whereas Bruce seems to think he should be the highest player on the pitch – move him back to the position he played under Rafa and I’m sure he’ll be effective again.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Sep 1, 2019 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #133

    The issue Bruce has is he needs a player close to Big Joe, Joe holds the ball up well and having someone to far away does not play to any strength.

    If we revert to a 4-4-2 and have Miggy playing in Midfield as an A.M with Muto or Max up front with Joe I think that could be a scary option teams will not like, pace coming from middle and up front with a big target man.

  • Paully

    Sep 1, 2019 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #134

    Bobby I think you need to calm down, I don’t believe i said “I hated it”, match days are great, but after watching Bobbys tenure, Shearers era and the Keegan days you can’t for a moment tell me It’s all roses.

    I’m there shouting the team on (and there ain’t many of them in the disillusioned East stand) but I feel I’m been taken for a mug (a big SD one at that).

    I’m backing Bruce (although we all know he simply isn’t good enough) however I’ll be chucking my ticket after this season and a lot of the lads around me are saying the same thing unless something changes.

    Will the last one to leave please turn out the lights.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #135

    arctoa (regular Grauniad poster):

    “That’s not entirely Bruce’s fault – a decade of Ashley’s jackboot is responsible for that – but he’s not helping himself with some of his press utterances and spotty decision-making. All in all, it’s difficult to enjoy the experience when you know that there’s no real sporting ambition at the club.

    “We’re going to be relegated again without a miraculous change of direction from the boardroom; maybe not this season, but soon. The first time, we had a strong core of senior professionals and a sympathetic coach. The second time, we had Rafa Benitez and players willing to run through walls for him. Next time?”

  • hibbit

    Sep 1, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #136

    Steve Bruce:

    “It’s probably level par (the start to the season), especially when you think we’ve had Tottenham and Arsenal in there. You would accept it.
    “We had a wonderful opportunity to get six (points from two games) today.

    “We’ve had a really good week.

    “We played well last week and in midweek and did enough to win the game today.
    “We are disappointed we didn’t nick it in the end because we had a couple of really good chances in the second half.

    “We had a 15-20-minute spell where we looked likely to score and unfortunately we didn’t take the big opportunities.

    “Considering we were 1-0 down after a minute, I thought we responded in the right way.”

    from BBC Sport:

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #137

    Are you really accusing those that didn’t turn up yesterday of crawling back to where they came from. That bloke I spoke to on the Metro who’d has his ST since 1966 and was getting his OAP discount count this year. We’ve had near full houses throughout the whole of Ashley’s reign and people have finally had enough. It’s hot absolutely foot all to do with us being crap.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #138

    “Slowly crawling back from whence they came”
    Really slowly Bobbybee, it’s taken 12 years mate, 12 years of having Mike’s fingers stuck up at them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #139

    I see uberfan Munster mag thinks things might click and we’ll head for mid table. Wonderful, games with all the excitement of a walk in the park while we reach the giddy heights of 14th while pretending to win a cup.

  • Paully

    Sep 1, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #140

    It’ll be interesting to hear Hail wor Ashleys view on things, I believe he was there yesterday after a 12 year absence.

    If you’re anywhere near Strawberry corner the atmosphere can seem fine, fair play to those lads in there, absolute 100 percenters however If you’re up on level 7 It must be a completely different story.

    At least last season with Rafa I felt we had a little bit of hope, a little bit of pride even, and Munster wonders why we lament his loss. I criticised him at times for his mistakes and his over defensiveness but I’d have him back in a heartbeat.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #141

    HWA is walking round town with a metre long bit of steel sticking out of the top of his thick skull.

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 1, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #142

    We’ve played well enough ( in the second half ) to win yesterday, but I keep saying without goal scorers you can’t win matches. That’s it!

  • one fine day

    Sep 1, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #143

    Just rewatched the game again
    My thoughts..
    Thank Christ Hayden stuck around this year .
    Kraft is not a premier league player at this point .
    Loving the new version of atsu even without Richie’s boot up his date ..absolute revelation and dubs once again kept us in it .
    Sorry Bobby I know you were there but there were massive areas empty and the quietest I have seen it for a prem game .i think around 40 k is a more true figure .
    Carrol better have something in his locker ( a lot of balls swung in yesterday would be perfect for him ) but joelinton looked all better holding it up and bringing atsu into it .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #144

    Not much happening on here this morning.

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #145

    No posada I noticed, he was telling us all the game was almost sold out ! Guess he does only have 10 fingers to count with to be fair 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #146

    I think Kraft is a typical example of a Steve Nickson third choice where they’ve gone down the list until the most affordable option is decided upon.

  • Paully

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #147

    Krafth shows signs of being a good player then 2 minutes later gets skinned! He may settle down but so far he’s looking a typical cheap buy.

    It comes to something when Manquillo is my first pick RWB.

  • posada

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #148

    Gan on Booby lad.
    Bang on !

  • one fine day

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #149

    Agree he could not of been top choice
    Think we would have been better off bringing one of the kids through that what I have seen of him ..
    Good to know catchy sees shar as a bargain too ….who signed him ?

  • one fine day

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #150

    Been quiet since yesterday ?

    Still not had an answer from you
    Are you going to the next TMG meeting to ask the wor flags lads to come back for you ? Maybe don’t mention what you think of the boy cotters though.
    You need Bobby here to give it the biggun for you like you need your new Chinese student mates to bring in flags ?
    Come on posada ..close to sell out ?? ” let’s be having you “

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #151


    You spent all week saying ticket sales were good.

    What happened?

  • posada

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #152

    The atmosphere.
    Not a lot different from last season.

    At times it was poor then. Good against Everton and Liverpool. However, the game makes the atmosphere at times. Fact is you will get games like yesterday in football. It’s not WWE, it’s not the theatre, it’s not Hollywood with a guarantee of a happy ending.

    Wor Flags missing. It added something I suppose. Although I have to say it was all a bit stage managed and superficial.

    Rafa gone. He went for the UK taxed equivalent of 24M a year.
    If 6M a year from Ashley was the best offer on the table for him he’d still be here.

  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #153

    NY Mag

    I do recollect both Stavely and BZG saying that they had submitted bid’s, the latter meeting Ashley’s supposed £350m asking price. Add to that, statements supposedly coming from BZG and the supposed ITKs (yes, I know) saying formal agreement was imminent and we have the ingredients to feed much discussion to determine who’s telling fibs.

    Ashley does have form for being less than honest does he not? The other supposed bidders, I don’t know, do you?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #154

    The Citeh fans must be sick of Mansour, Tyre kicking time wasting knob, just imagine where they could be with a proper owner.

    He wasted Ashley’s time too, someone send a letter to the EPL.

    Poor Mike, no buyers anywhere.

  • posada

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #155

    As Bobby said :-

    This blog has become a place for Newcastle haters. It bears zero reflection on Match going fans, just an echo chamber of what we already know – Ashleys the problem.

    Q When you start wanting your club to fail. Are you still a supporter ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #156

    Why bring Rafa in to your argument, you weren’t asked about that, what happened to those ticket sales you harped on about all week.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #157

    There’s no doubt fans like Bobby think they are doing the right thing supporting fair weather and foul, there’s also no doubt others feel decisive abstinence from games is the only way to affect change.

    What’s not helpful is berating by both sides – yes I know I’ve had my say about how I feel about those fueling mike’s bank account – but really the biggest effect has been made by Ashley himself. It doesn’t help continuing the “sheep” comments and it also doesn’t help making up false attendance numbers and berating “keyboard warriors” as not living in the real world.

    Just leave it to Mike and his patsy crew they are doing all the hard work of knocking up their own empire. Unless something truly momentous happens onfield I can’t see us getting back to packed houses real soon and this will affect Mike not only personally but indirectly from his outsources who will no doubt be mindful of the adverse effect on their operations.

  • one fine day

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #158

    This new pearl ..
    Wor Flags missing. It added something I suppose. Although I have to say it was all a bit stage managed and superficial.
    So last week you were wishing they were back now you know they are with TMG they are superficial ?
    Biggest flag in Europe ..that went around the world but where you are right I suppose it was papering over the cracks .
    As for Rafa it has been well documented why he left …but you believe as you wish .
    Would any elite manager have dropped to the champo and got us back .?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #159


    Its become a place for liars like yourself and Munster who would rather lie than face the truth.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 1, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #160

    I often wonder if some posters on here just follow Newcastle but don’t really watch or understand the game of football? Seriously some of the posts are just unbelievable. Then you have posters just pushing an agenda so they talk rubbish.

    We have a decent base of a team but overall are always going to be battling in the bottom half. A mid table finish would be over achievement. At the moment the players and Bruce are doing well (apart from Norwich).


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