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Steve Bruce Identifies Area Of Concentration For The Next Few Months



When Steve Bruce joined Newcastle, he spoke a bit about playing in a more open and attacking style. Even some of the players during pre-season mentioned their excitement at playing attacking football under Bruce.

While the team looked very threatening at times in pre-season, once the Premier League came around, it was a different story.

Newcastle have struggled a bit in creating chances, but that is understandable as many players being relied upon in the attack are still coming to grips with the Premier League. Also, Steve Bruce has only been with the club since mid-July, so it could take some time to get everything clicking in the final third.

Newcastle did decently against Arsenal at both ends of the pitch, but the next game against Norwich was a disaster. It was after that game that Steve Bruce switched the formation to give Joelinton a little more help upfront.

However, it was the defensive performance against Tottenham that was most impressive. Staying organized at the back was an area of concern without the meticulous Rafa Benitez in charge.

Bruce seems to have gotten it right after the Norwich match. While they conceded a sloppy goal early at Watford, Newcastle have been sound defensively against three quality Premier League teams in Spurs, Leicester, and Watford.

Bruce spoke in the Chronicle about how defending that will be a priority over the next few months:

“The one area we are going to have to put a lot of work into is in defense. Our defensive organization has to be spot on to give yourself any type of platform.

“I think we had Leicester, Tottenham, and Arsenal in the space of a week recently and they managed five shots on target against us. So that’s a positive thing.

“We will have to keep it to that and make sure those standards stay high. The next step, which will take weeks and months, is the hardest one.

“It’s creativity and that little bit of something that will cause a threat to other teams. It’s getting that balance right.

“But there’s no excuses, we have to defend first, and I think we can be satisfied with our last month’s work. Take away the Norwich debacle since we walked through the door in the last six or seven weeks we can be satisfied.

“Whether it has been three at the back or five at the back we have worked tirelessly on it. Hopefully, things will continue to grow.”

We are pleased that Bruce is concentrating on defending first because that’s what keeps teams in the Premier League. From what we’ve seen so far, Newcastle seem to have enough about them to finish the season with relative comfort in regards to survival.

However, one of Newcastle’s greatest strengths is the excellent central defenders. While the attack takes it’s time to get sorted, Newcastle must keep limiting the opposition’s chances on goal.


91 comments so far

  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t the traitor knows which end the brown stuff comes out of

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    The only thing that’s changed over the years is the methodology used here has become easy to spot
    One trick pony

    😉

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  • martoon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    toon22 – I’m a little confused – for clarity could you post a list of all Jib’s alts and also a list of all the PR posters?

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Hiya toon22

    MACB

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    OP I’m not even going to try and explain the idea to you as you clearly missed the point re the JD Jumper idea

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    See the establishment is reigning in on the assault on jib moving the bus again.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    martoon

    thats the sort of question that will get you branded a shill 🙂

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Nufc-83 put that idea forward over a month ago, costs are too much easier to buy a cheap top and get someone to iron a motif over the old one.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Anglo it’s amazing the frequency that the bus moves every time the heat gets turned up on him and Posada particularly. That and the “not going achieves nothing and just damages the team” piece are both worrying indications of blog’s world view. I used tl think it was diplomacy/pressing reset to course correct to getting the ball out and to be fair probably is just that. I see conspiracy everywhere now. What have you done to me frog!?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope Ste is not concentrating on putting Willams in midfield.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Trent
    Re conspiracy.
    Can you clear something up for me.
    Did the USA land on the moon or not.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Trent this site is worth 14 grand now this is an assumption, not a fact if I was a PR company easiest way to control is to buy the said site. Total control.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Trent
    Said it the other day dont look in the frogs eyes, its how he gets you.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Maybe missed the boat on this one:
    Bas Dost (forward), Sporting to Eintracht Frankfurt, £6.3m
    Frankfurt, having sold Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sébastien Haller to West Ham, let Ante Rebic leave for Milan on deadline day, and three players with 57 goals between them last term were gone. Adi Hütter has reinvested Jovic’s €60m fee to bolster all areas of his squad, with André Silva (on loan) and Dost the key attacking recruits. The Dutch forward may not be a glamour signing, but he scored 76 goals in 84 appearances in Portugal. The 30-year-old is such a natural finisher he went a calendar year scoring exclusively with his first touch.

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  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    reining in
    It’s an equestrian reference

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    We always look going forward in pre season is this maybe because the opposition are a lot weaker than in the premiership?

    Then when it gets to the nitty gritty our players just panic in possession its been that way for as long as I can remember against Watford we just rush things so much where a bit of composure would get us in for a chance!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    @Lindisfarne

    Did they really sign Dost for 6.3 million?

    Another missed opportunity if that was the case just exactly what we needed an experienced marksman okay no premiership experience but hes proven in a few leagues now would have been worth a punt!!

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  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Anglo Saxon
    So you acknowledge there’s a concerted assault on me.?
    What are these clowns scared of ?

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Just a fan
    Re conspiracy
    Is man from mars as there is alot of evidence to suggest there was 2 nuclear blast on mars that wiped out a civilisation there. These have been photographed in rover pictures, heck i even found a duck on mars walking towards a supposed “ancient” lake in gale crater.
    Maybe thats why irishrob yearns to eat a chicken sarnie on mars, as he knows its where we came from.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib Don’t see any clowns mate just fans going about showing their love for their football team. I’m not blinkered.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    in that last post Eds made it very clear which side of the fence he now sits on,
    i always wondered why jib was offered so much protection on here,
    guess now we know as Ed is now pushing the same pro Ashley agenda also,

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  • martoon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    beermonkey & toon22 – it was actually a serious question because I’d like to know exactly who I’m supposed to be talking to on here.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    martoon

    i have asked that same question before and he branded me a pr shill lol

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #24

    If you love Newcastle United then you shouldn’t be indifferent or an apologist for Ashley and you certainly shouldn’t be actively seeking to dissuade or diminish any protest action. It should burn what he’s doing to the club. Jib you’re an insidious agent of Ashley.

    Whether a sad loser craving attention by living on this blog or on the end of string for somebody else. Same difference.

    You think you’re leading us a merry dance but you’re not as clever as you imagine. We see you. More and more of us every day.

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  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Just a Fan

    Recent references have been made to the first moon landing by Dominic Cummings and repeated by Adolf Johnson and reported in their sympathetic media outlets lately.

    You’re showing your true colours and gullibility to manipulation.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Munster

    Caught you out again, telling porkies.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh
    True colours.. explain.
    We are all manipulated in some way.from buying groceries to voting for politicians.

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  • one fine day

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    Martoon,
    It’s not that hard to see who is who here .
    I stepped away and just checked in for a few days .
    There are the obvious Ashley appologists and those who deliberately try to undermine the protests at every oppertunity .
    Others are more subtle and try to constantly come out with the passion and sabre rattling speeches but are always trying to discredit Tmg …why I have no idea.
    Others I guarantee will pop up on que every time a certain word/ subject comes up …almost like algorithms now who I wonder would understand most about this sort of thing .
    As for Ed no suprise in his agenda …he nailed his colours to the mast on this years ago .
    Frequently called protesters the Ashley out mob a few years back pre Rafa and was constantly blaming protesters for bad results at home…nothing to do with collocini ,carver or janmaat at all then .
    Drop off step back and observe it won’t take long trust me .

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  • geordietom

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #29

    watch this movie one for the Conspiracy theorists…Capricorn One.Three astronauts (James Brolin, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson) are about to launch into space on the first mission to Mars. But when a mechanical failure surfaces that would kill the three men, NASA removes them from the Capricorn One capsule. To prevent a public outcry, NASA launches the capsule unmanned and requires the astronauts to film fake mission footage in a studio. However, the plan is compromised when an ambitious journalist (Elliott Gould) discovers the conspiracy…

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Tom. The beginning the middle and the end no need to watch mate.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31

    ANGLO …

    so your saying its shite ?…

    😀

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #32

    Tom. No, you explained it perfectly just had to use my brain to fill in the rest. you didn’t say which channel either as I have at least 30 different channels. Cheers

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Geordietom
    Nar but your patta is….
    Couldnt resist.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #34

    also i watched a show on one of the history chanell’s on sky explaining that they could land on the moon , but because of the moons different gravity when the landing module blasts off it would over shoot the Rendezvous point and totally miss the docking with the orbiting ship …

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    JIB

    LoL

    Playing the victim

    Hahahahaha

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #36

    One fine day

    😉

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  • geordietom

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #37

    genji …

    back at you mate …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #38

    anglo …

    the movie was made in 1977 you would have to download it to watch it mate bit dated but worth a watch…

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    Geordie tom
    You enjoy your trip up?
    Did you spend the night?

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #40

    Toon22 Baloney did the exact same when he was getting a hiding he would play the sympathy card must be PR protocol.

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