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.
"They're as good as you can get"
Steve Bruce on Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/Ztk3roPSXN
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) September 14, 2019
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 )
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