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Bruce Mentions Vitally Important Aspect Of His Team In Post-Liverpool Interview


Steve Bruce has spoken after the 3-1 loss to Liverpool. Newcastle started very well but made mistakes that cost them the game. Though all in all, it was a decent result against the Champions League winners.

Steve was very impressed with the Liverpool team but also pleased that his lads were up for the match. This is some of Steve’s comment posted by Liverpool.

The Chronicle have published some of Steve Bruce’s other comments after the game.

This is what Steve said about the performance:

“They’re very, very good. They’re front three, their midfield and their full-backs are always a threat. And that’s why they’re champions of Europe.

“The disappointing thing for me was the second goal, in particular, we made a couple of errors, and when you come to Anfield or anywhere you can’t make that sort of mistake. We gave the ball away in the middle of the pitch and left ourselves open.

“When you’re in it, and you’ve got something to play for, of course it’s always that gives you a little bit more energy. It would have been great to get in at half-time at 1-1. Second half they were very, very, very good. It was just wave after wave.

“Thankfully we stuck at it and showed a bit of resilience. We had a big chance at 2-1 and it might have been a bit unjust but when you come to places like this you don’t get too many of those kind of chances. If that had gone in, it would have been a different story.”

Emil Krafth’s miss was similar to the one he skied over the bar at Norwich. Like that one, a goal could have changed this outcome as well. It was a rough afternoon for Krafth who may find his place under threat to Javier Manquillo after this performance.

The second goal was also a turning point and a massive blow to the team. It was a poor one to concede and at a time that kills any momentum going into the half. This is what Steve said about the second goal:

“I am sure when Martin looks at it he will know he should have done better.”

It was a mistake by Martin to not gather the ball when he had the chance. The goal was an easy tap in for Mane once it got past Dubravka. It all started from Newcastle losing possession in midfield. They need to find a way to hold onto the ball better in games like these.

However, it was a decent performance overall, and the lads still showed grit and determination. They were just beaten by one of the best teams in the world. This is how Steve assessed the fight in his team:

“They’re a resilient lot. They roll their sleeves up and have a go for each other, which is vitally important.

We’ve now played Arsenal, Spurs, and Liverpool in the first six weeks and we’ve given a decent account of ourselves in all three. That pleases me.”

Now it’s on to battle Brighton at St James Park where a result will be needed. We’ll see if the team can keep the same focus for a match they are expected to win.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Liverpool?

  • Jetro Willems (28%, 280 )
  • Paul Dummett (22%, 224 )
  • Isaac Hayden (11%, 114 )
  • Christian Atsu (9%, 93 )
  • Joelinton (7%, 71 )
  • Martin Dubravka (5%, 53 )
  • Fabian Schar (5%, 53 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 29 )
  • Miguel Almiron (3%, 28 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (2%, 19 )
  • Emil Krafth (2%, 17 )
  • Yoshinori Muto (1%, 9 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 5 )
  • Javier Manquillo (0%, 4 )

Total Voters: 999

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20 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Robeeee!!!

    1
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Chickens.

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Palace being mauled at spurs. Puts our result there in an even better light.

    2
  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #4

    No sign of Catchy yet? Oh, yes of course, Rafa’s gawn so he’s got nothing to chew on!

    4
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Hail you’re funny. Using Atsu to show how Almiron needs to do it. Atsu, who, bless him, has been a headless chicken here for years until very recently.

    Be prepared for another chicken reference soon. 🙂

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Hat-trick for Tammy.

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Atsu has never been a headless chicken. Not involved in games sure, but never a headless chicken. Headless chicken means aimless running.

    Atsu’s been good for how little we paid for him. Last season he came into the team in December-ish and did what he is doing now, mixing our play up and making us more creative. This is also the first time he’s been injury free in years having been carrying a knee injury for a while.

    5
  • Ron Knee

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Tammy Abraham, now top scorer in the PL. Thank God we never got him!

    9
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah ok stay has been relatively successful for the last three years hence how he featured so regularly. I think the charm was when he started taking the ball with him on his runs instead of leaving it behind or running into walls.

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Almiron will come good those writing him off are clueless. Atsu playing really well so agree in current formation if ASM is as good as we hope Almiron will have to drop out. Joelinton will come good once the team start to get up the pitch a little more and we get support around him. Krafth is useless manquillo needs to play until Yedlin is ready.

    1
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Stay = Atsu

    1
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Not knocking Atsu btw but you can’t say he’s been a quick learner.

    2
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Krafth should go back to keyboards in A-Ha.

    3
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyway, predictably we lost. Next game is the real test.

    3
  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Thought subbing Almiron off killed our play- anyone know why Bruce did that? It seemed the wrong choice at the time.

    Also, as it’s not getting mentioned much, Joelinton was absolutely fantastic in terms of hold up play and setting up attacks, I was very impressed with his consistently excellent touch.

    Krafth was awful though, absolutely nothing positive from him. I also thought Shelvey had an odd performance, lacked his usual composure and just smashed it forwards multiple times. All 3 CBs played very well though, especially in the circumstances.

    6
  • beefman13

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Actually watched the game, totally and utterly predictable, good goal by willems, but backs against the wall for the whole 90, painful.

    10
  • lochinvar

    Sep 14, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Winning at Spurs and today’s perfornance does show that there’s the making of a powerful team here.
    Really think we need to turn someone over at home maybe 4-0 to get us fully up and running

    5
  • toon22

    Sep 14, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Imho the teams problems are
    We wont score enough goals
    The people we bought are going to take time to get use to the league
    Miggy dont suit the way we play now
    Ive absolutly no faith in the manager
    It seems the injuries we were plagued with in the past have returned, for whatever reason

    And we have an owner who isnt interested in us in any way other than exploiting us

    12
  • Tonyd3b54

    Sep 14, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Miggy and joelinton are 80 percent of the time responsible for any time we get in the opposition’s half. They’re constantly creating something from nothing. To me the real problem has been the midfield. Constantly

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Sep 14, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry, continued..

    The midfield is constantly wasting possession with silly turnovers. Hayden has been great defensively but average going forward. Longstaff and shelvey have been below average with their passing. Unless shelvey is on the front foot all game (never gonna happen with Newcastle) he’s pretty useless

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