Steve Bruce has spoken after Newcastle’s fifth loss of the season. The Chronicle have published his post-match comments.
While the lads were excellent defensively against a very talented Chelsea side, they offered little to nothing going forward. Especially in the second half.
This is what Bruce said about the start to the season and the difference between the two halves at Chelsea:
“We have had a tough start, we now have a run of games against teams that are going to be in and around us.
“First half I thought we had enough quality, second we might have tired. The big thing is we have to find some goals.”
The big sticking point with the transfer business this summer was that Newcastle failed to bring in any proven goalscorers while losing their top two from last season in Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.
It was a massive risk, and it’s turning out to be the Achilles heel of this team. Bruce went on to address the glaring issue of Newcastle’s impotent attack:
“Herein lies the problem. We didn’t really have big chances but we had big opportunities to make the big chance and missed the pass. Allan’s only young, big Jo’s only young and they can adapt to playing in England and getting better.
“Almiron – for all his good work – his confidence is a bit low because he hasn’t scored since he’s been here in January. However, his work rate and his effort and endeavor and what he gives the team is there for everyone to see. We just need to give him a goal.”
“When you’re a forward player you need to score and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
It’s the same old story for the front three. All work rate and effort but nothing to show for it. While we feel that Allan Saint-Maximin has added a different dimension to the attack, it’s not resulted in any more clear-cut chances.
We’ll just have to hope that the three can grow together and develop a better understanding of each other’s game. Hopefully, that will result in a few more goals.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player 1-0 Defeat At Chelsea?
- Martin Dubravka (33%, 388 )
- Allan Saint-Maximin (30%, 351 )
- Fabian Schar (8%, 98 )
- Ciaran Clark (8%, 97 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (4%, 48 )
- Matty Longstaff (4%, 45 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (3%, 35 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 30 )
- Sean Longstaff (2%, 29 )
- Dwight Gayle (2%, 23 )
- Jetro Willems (1%, 13 )
- Joelinton (1%, 11 )
- Andy Carroll (1%, 10 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 3 )
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