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Steve Bruce Deserves Credit For This Today

It took a wonderful goal from a 19-year-old Geordie for Steve Bruce to get his first victory against Manchester United. Steve Bruce also was aware of what that goal meant for Newcastle. This is what he said about Matty’s strike as published in the Chronicle:

“Matty Longstaff has beaten Man U in his first game, I’ve been going 20 odd years! I’m delighted for everyone concerned. Longstaff blasted one in against St Etienne and we see him doing it in training. We thought ‘Surely not’.

“He’s been in and around my thoughts since China. He trains every day with a big smile on his face, he’s refreshing, wants to play and he’s a great kid. I’m delighted. The first thing he said to me when he came off was “Thank you”. After all he’s done.”

Here is that moment when Steve Bruce embraces Matty at the end of the game.

We wanted to see a reaction and three points today. That is what we got from the lads. There were some excellent performances this evening in addition to Matty’s.

Steve Bruce– picked the right team today

We thought Fabian Schar put in another terrific performance. He had some crucial blocks before Matty’s goal and was just a warrior at the back.

The two wing-backs were superb. Jetro Willems was very sound defensively and also had three key passes. His control in the box to lay off the pass that led to Matty’s goal was class. DeAndre Yedlin’s pace was a big threat down the right. We also thought that he maintained possession very well and was able to launch attacks.

Allan Saint-Maximin is just a different type of player that Newcastle have not see the likes of recently. He is an attacking force who is a sight to see with the ball at his feet. He did have a few lazy passes but just adds so much to this side.

This is what Bruce had to say about the reaction from the lads this evening:

“I think the big thing is when you get beat badly it’s the reaction and response. Of course there’s been a lot of harsh words spoken but then you need your team to go and perform. Two or three in ASM and Yedlin who haven’t played in three or four months and it was great to see them. I was delighted.”

Sean Longstaff also had his best game of this season. He seemed to be inspired with his younger brother beside him.

“That is the best I have seen Sean play for a long time. He thinks his brother is breathing down his neck now. They are a couple of young lads, there will be bumps in the road but the two of them have made a statement.”

Bruce was asked if Matty and Sean could be Newcastle’s midfield pairing for years to come. This was his response:

“I hope it is. They’re a couple of young lads and they’ve got bumps on the road to say they’re fully established but they have made a big start today.”

Here is a tweet displaying Sean and Matty’s stats for the day.

Finally, Steve Bruce deserves credit for his team selection. He picked a team that put in a performance and also gave the crowd something to cheer about. Having Matty Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin on from the start proved to be a wise decision.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In Win Against Manchester United?

  • Matty Longstaff (59%, 1,328 )
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (17%, 386 )
  • Fabian Schar (14%, 323 )
  • Sean Longstaff (4%, 82 )
  • Jetro Willems (2%, 54 )
  • Ciaran Clark (1%, 25 )
  • Miguel Almiron (1%, 22 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 15 )
  • Emil Krafth (0%, 7 )
  • Joelinton (0%, 5 )
  • Andy Carroll (0%, 5 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 2 )
  • Martin Dubravka (0%, 2 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )

Total Voters: 2,257

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74 comments so far

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Love Bruce’s comment about ‘who’s this young ginger lad?’ during preseason. Some classic old school Gingerism from Steve there 🙂

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Who the hell voted for Joelinton as MOTM?! Does he have an account on here or something?

  • Paully

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #3

    In case of any doubt: (When quizzed about which manager would be his choice to replace Benitez)

    “catchy in norway
    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:04 PM
    Comment #42

    i have said Ole Gunnar. he plays football right”

  • Paully

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Better atmosphere today, loved sticking it up the Reds after all their arrogance in the bars pre-match.

    Taking nothing away from a great team performance that’s the worst Man U team I’ve seen in many, many years.

    Almiron is now the weakest link in the team, everybody is praying for his first goal he’s such a grafter and comes across as such a likeable character.

  • toonbrother

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Good for Hayden to have some competition in midfield in Matty
    Ki can deputize for Sean
    Shelvey I’m afraid may be the odd man out
    Incidentally I think he could be a useful addition to Manutd who have a very weak central midfield right now

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Jeez paully are you Jails bitter twin? Talk about two “I told you so” merchants. Just enjoy the win ffs. Hey where is the frog? Not a peep?

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonbrother, ki looks like a waste of space these days. Pity because I tbought he was far better. Not sure whats happened.

  • Oldgit1

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I was one of the many that thought bringing big Andy back was a no no, but thought he was immense and led the line well, he even helped in defence when we were under the cosh. The look on his face when he came on showed how happy he was. Three geordies on the pitch at the same time. Brings a lump to my throat. Ok I’m a big softie, don’t care.

  • toon22

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #9

    What do you mean Munster ?
    Ive posted about how it was a great win, and the fact Manu looked a pale shadow of their former selves
    Ive also said 8 points in 8 games is enough to keep us in the league

    Cant take it away from the team though, great 3 points

    Or are you wanting me to go on about Jabba for a while longer ?

  • Paully

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    I am enjoying the win Wumster, I’m just giving the match “fair and balanced appraisal”. Back to Rafa tactics and there’s points on the board.

  • toon22

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Regardless of the win today or any other day

    Jabba needs removing from our club

  • Oldgit1

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Been waiting to see what ASM was like as we haven’t seen much of him. My opinion is he will be a good player and get people standing. The way he stayed in the goal awaiting young Matty to score was right to do, if he had come out he may have been ruled offside. Clever lad.

  • Oldgit1

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #13

    @ toon 22, can we enjoy the win before you start again, leave it for tomorrow mate.

  • Paully

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Maxi has magic feet and no mistake.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Shelvey’s been playing with injuries for a long time because we’ve needed him. I admire that commitment in any player. Now he needs to get himself fit before risking himself again. When on form we all know what he’s capable of.
    Miggy’s only missing goals from his game and when he gets one I think we’ll see a different player.
    On manure, how stupid were they to run the clock down when they needed a goal so badly? They wasted 90 seconds at least over that shocking free kick, then expected to get the corner out of it!
    As Paully pointed out, it’s not the best team they’ve had, but tbf to our lads, we stopped them creating by keeping our shape so well. Willems and Yedders were excellent and that toe end clearance by Schar was worth a goal itself.

  • Reilly

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Ole at the wheel

  • Paully

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Bobby we are very hard to break down playing 5 across the back even if it does leave us a man short up front,
    we are going to rely on goals from midfield If we have a chance of staying up.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Paulky, we’ve done it for the last couple of seasons, playing on the break and with the pace we’ve got on the flanks we can catch any side out.
    Not getting carried away though mate, I doubt Bruce will ever convince me he’s the answer – but I am willing to be proven very very wrong!! 🙂

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #19

    What a pain getting out of the Toon tonight – made all the better with a fighting win
    Played well first half created the better chances could of easily went in two up
    Second half we got the jitters and dropped deeper and deeper and surrendered the ball all to easy
    My marks
    Dubravaka 6 – had a easy afternoon but his distribution was poor and slow on passing it out at times. Thought he could of come for the ball in his six yard box second half
    Yedlin 7 – played well defended well and with Willems gave us a lot more going forward
    Clark 7 – excellent game in defence kept it simple
    Lascalles 7 – another who kept it simple at the back and defence didn’t give Man Utd a sniff
    Schar 8 – joint MOM with Matty controlled performance in defence must be be black m blue with the fouls committed on him. Two brilliant clearences each half one with head other hooked clearance when Dubs failed to come
    Willems 7.5 – defended well and led the charge down the left one and time again lovely delayed lay back for Matty. Was absolutely out on his feet at the end
    Longstaffe Sean 7 – best game This season – with Matty alongside him gave him confidence
    Longstaffe Matty 8 – joint MOM – great debut topped with a goal – does the dirty stuff in midfield but unlike Hayden has a pass in him and can shoot – scores hit the bar – could turn into a star player
    Almiron 7 – Oh for a goal – work tireless up and down the pitch but wants to score the perfect goal – takes one touch to many and looses the opportunity and when he did shoot was too wide – goal will come
    JoeLinton 6 – worked hard on his own but needs to be stronger and stop whinging when a decision goes against and tackle back. Needs to watch Carroll on how to lead the line
    Maxi- 7.5 bag of tricks all game great through ball for Willems for build up to goal. Maybe to many step overs but brings a smile to the fans when on the ball nice to see a player beat some one with skill worked hard and another who will black n blue
    Carroll – 7 brought chaos to MU defence fouled before even touching the ball excellent at leading the line but needs better balls into the box if going to score
    Atsu and Kraft Not on long enough to score MMarks
    Bruce 7 brave choice of line up but worked a treat – needed to get the players to push up at the end – give them to much space – good job they were crap
    Dean same old Dean – poor ref let MU off all to lightly McTomiley how the he’ll did he manage to stay on the pitch.
    All in All great result players gave their all – got to keep it going

  • Genjikai

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #20

    And Matty is the lad.
    Matty longstaff hes one of our own.

  • Bants

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #21

    “Longstaff 1
    Longstaff 2
    We’ve got more Longstaffs than you”


  • Bants

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Well till January at least.

  • jane

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #23

    i still feel emotional 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Great win for us, I voted for Schaar thought he was immense at the back, Matty should now be on Southgates radar and who knows him and Sean in the World cup squad.

    Good spot OldGit with ASM I noticed that as well, Almiron’s ankle was caught, not a dive imo, although it was minimal but enough to cause him to fall.

    AC nearly cost us the win at the end with his ‘accidental’ elbow into McTominey’s face but his cameo showed that he is worth his place in the team.

    Play like that for the rest of the season and we should be safe, the only down side to that is that it makes sure that our lovely owner keeps his piggy bank going.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #25

    At least we now have something good to talk about over the International break.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Miggy is only in the team because of his large transfer fee! He is a liability losing possession nearly every time he has the ball, running down blind alleys and missing chance after chance to score! He needs some specialist coaching but unfortunately we don’t have specialist since Rafa left!

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Well done to Brucie, hope he gets his bonus… Hope the media lay off the brothers.. Let them enjoy their time you vultures.. Unfortunately this is the level of performance and adrenaline you MUST produce in every game just to survive in the WORLD’S GREATEST FOOTBALL /SOCCER LEAGUE… Good luck my friends xxx

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Hands up 22, I didnt see your comment. Fair play guv.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Bill, I think he’ll sell now mate. He knows nobody worth a toss will ever work for him and let’s not get carried away with one good result. He knows if we do go down we’re unlikely to bounce back again and that could cost him a fortune – and he’s all about the bottom line after all.
    Anybody wanting to buy needs to start the process now, because he won’t sell if we look safe and nobody will want to buy if we look doomed. Roll up, roll up, get yer bids in and ffs, somebody with the money to do so step up and slap it on the table.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #30


    You’re correct about Shelvey, he’s another who some people want to write off without thinking it through, once he’s fully fit he’ll be an asset to the squad. Sure the Longstaffs might take some displacing from the team but even they will get injuries or need resting which will give Jonjo a chance to prove he still got it and with AC up front he has the perfect target man for his fantastic passes.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Essex the elbow was class. Looking forward to watching highlights later.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #32


    We would never have scored the goal if almiron didn’t work the space in the corner of his own box and pick out a really good pass to ASM. He was pinnacle in us getting that goal and starting the move from his own box.

    The only area he looks well short of confidence is finishing, he’s maybe over thinking it now but the lad has shown he can find the net at both international and club level. Just needs 1 to go in and that pressure will lift and we will see an even better player.

    Thought the ASM and Almiron playing together complemented us into being a bigger threat, both Willems and Yedlin also. Shame joe was injured before the game and he looked it today aswell, shouldn’t have started as he didn’t look fit enough

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye and and I’m not so sure it was an ‘accident’ but who cares he got away with and so did the team. Although I think Brucie should have a quiet little word in his ear. 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Paully if Rafa’s legacy is a good counter attacking template i’m forever in debt to him. I’d like us to be a more stylish possession team. But that costs too much for Fats so hopefully SB can work on the tactics and make it work and be really effective but jurys out. Also needs more pace to do this especially up top.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Our Toon, need to be careful mate, we’re agreeing on far too many issues lately! 😀
    I’m with you on Miggy. He’s just missing a goal, but even without it, he’s a great out ball and creates so much space for other players.
    Whether it’s Joelinton or Carroll, that front three looks capable of causing havoc. Despite being a poor Manure side, they don’t concede many and we could’ve had two or three today quite easily. It’s a work in progress but early signs are good. Having Max helps take a bit of pressure off Miggy and he had his best game of the season imo. Like ye say, once he scores his first one I can see goals coming regularly.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #36

    To me Miggy is a clone of Perez in many aspects, for a long time people were on Perez’s back cos they thought he was a headless chicken but he came good eventually as will Miggy, the ability is certainly there!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #37

    TV time, later.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Much needed win and great for the Longstaff family

    Let’s not get carried away, this Man U team are truly awful – we need to start beating teams around us though and Man U could be relegated on current form ( although they’ll spend 200 million in jan to prevent it) , not sure why Carroll is getting praise , he basically went to ground as soon as touched although to be fair he helped in defence, anyway doesn’t matter – Chelsea next, who’s going – still waiting for my ticket confirmation but happy to meet up before game

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    EGB – agree on miggy, just needs a goal or two , amount of effort he puts in is unbelievable

  • barkel

    Oct 6, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Doesn’t take people too long to turn on Miggy, completely turned our season around when he signed and turned Perez into a £30m player but hasn’t scored a goal so he’s a weak link .. foot me there are some fickle people here.

    Excellent win today lads and it was our midfield that made the difference .. very rare for that to be the case!

    Howay the lads


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