Steve Bruce does not agree with Sean Longstaff’s sending off this afternoon. He also thinks that Ruben Neves should be ashamed of himself for rolling around after Sean’s tackle.
This is what Bruce said after the match as tweeted by the Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly:
Steve Bruce felt Sean Longstaff's red was 'harsh'. "When they're [Neves] rolling around like that, you know they're not hurt because if you're hurt, you stay motionless. He's not in control of his foot but then again how he is supposed to be when he's just played ball?" #NEWWOL
— Ciaran Kelly (@CiaranKelly__) October 27, 2019
Steve Bruce also spoke to NUFC TV after the game and commented some more on Sean’s sending off:
“He’s played the ball. Yes, I understand he’s got a flailing right foot. But what is he supposed to do with it? You know it’s in the air.
“It’s a difficult one. I would expect Longstaff to make that challenge. And he’s won the ball. I think it’s very harsh.”
When asked about if Longstaff’s challenge was under similar circumstances to Isaac Hayden’s at Leicester City, Bruce had the following to say:
“You put your hands up with Isaac. Today, I’ve got to try and help the boy because I don’t think it’s a red card. Maybe in today’s world, but I think he’s been hard done by.”
Steve Bruce does not appear to just be covering for his player. He was candid when Isaac Hayden received a straight red for his challenge on Dennis Praet. This is what Steve Bruce said about Isaac’s tackle at the time.
“In today’s game, you can’t follow through and be reckless. When he looks back, he’ll know he was wrong.”
We tend to agree with Steve Bruce on this one. Isaac’s challenge was a lot more dangerous and could have seriously hurt Praet.
That was not the case with Sean’s tackle on Neves. While he did catch him high on his leg, and Sean was not in full control, the power behind the challenge was not enough to put Neves in any real threat of injury.