There had been some questions asked about this Newcastle team early this season. They had some performances that raised concerns about their mentality.
That all came to a head in a 5-0 loss at Leicester City to close the month of September. Since then, the lads have shown much more resilience, and that has now culminated in not only two straight wins but two performances that could be the hallmark of this season’s team.
Newcastle again managed to get nine shots on target. However, this week they took twenty in total. While they only were able to finish two of their chances, this team is looking like a big threat going forward now.
Steve Bruce spoke after the 2-1 win this afternoon, and the common theme in his comments was the resilience that Newcastle have shown since their low point at Leicester.
The Chronicle have published some of Bruce’s comments. This is what Bruce has said about the lads’ rebound in form over the past month:
“Since the debacle at Leicester, they’ve rolled their sleeves up. It was difficult and if we did’t have that resilience the situation could have gone the other way.”
The players showed tremendous fortitude to put the Leicester display in the rearview mirror. Today, they also were able to rebound from adversity and turn around their fortunes.
The lads got off to a slow start today and conceded a poor goal from a corner. That goal was a catalyst for Newcastle, who slowly turned the game around. They finally got their rewards with a late first-half header from DeAndre Yedlin.
In the second half, Newcastle came out on the front foot to get the early goal from Ciaran Clark that ended up being the game-winner. This is what Bruce had to say about the spirit shown to snatch a victory this afternoon:
“I was delighted with the attitude and spirit they showed. We had a difficult first 25 minutes and they stuck at it, regrouped and got the goal at the right time. It’s been ‘can we get the wing-backs in a higher position’?
“A bit fortunate, but after we scored we deserved to win. If we’re going to be critical, it’s now 6 one on ones we’ve had and we’ve not taken one. It summed our day up when Allan burst through and it fell to Almiron and then hit him.”
While we are still not getting the goals from our front three, the defenders have stepped up to contribute for the time being. Today it was DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark.
It’s been quite a story for Ciaran Clark, who now has two goals in his last two games. Last season, in limited appearances, Clark still managed to get three. Let’s not forget that Fabian Schar was our returning top goal-scorer from last year with four.
Bruce singled out Ciaran Clark as a prime example of the determination in this Newcastle team. He came in from the fringes, where he was not even making the bench to put in his fifth straight top performance.
This is what Bruce had to say about the 30-year-old:
“Ciaran was probably questioning it when he was left out of squads. There’s times when he’s been left out of the squad and that’s the difficult part. All you can say is take your chance: Ciaran’s the prime example of that.
“He’s a great pro and when you see someone getting the winner who didn’t even travel six weeks ago that’s great.”
Ciaran Clark and Fede Fernandez have both taken their chances. It was a makeshift backline for much of the game if you consider that our best three defenders were all out injured.
Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, and Jamaal Lascelles were all out but the center-backs in the game were outstanding. We have six top players for those three positions. It’s a good problem for Steve Bruce to have. Especially when they play like they did this afternoon.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Bournemouth?
- A. Saint-Maxmin (34%, 733 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (24%, 516 )
- Fede Fernandez (15%, 322 )
- Miguel Almiron (8%, 176 )
- Ciaran Clark (8%, 172 )
- Jetro Willems (5%, 98 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 65 )
- Joelinton (1%, 26 )
- Martin Dubravka (1%, 14 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 12 )
- Andy Carroll (0%, 10 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 8 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 7 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 5 )
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