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Bruce Thrilled With What Newcastle Have Shown Recently

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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17 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Villa away will be tough but to be on 15pts after 12 games and more importantly 7 points away from relegation is more than I expected.

    Very happy time to go into the international break but not expecting anything from villa and citeh game. Both gonna be really tough, nice to get another home win and we looked less nervous as well which is good.

    Front 3 very good again and goals will come from them as the understanding grows and the luck turns, especially for almiron who’s just a pure workhorse!!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    We need to sell Hayden in January and sign Ibrahima Sissoko. Massive upgrade. Need someone stronger, faster and more technical on the ball. I’d go for the following in January:

    Rony Lopes – Loan
    Jarrod Bowen – £15m
    Mateta – £35m
    Ibrahima Sissoko – £9m

    Got to give Fernandez a new contract. 1 goal and 2 assists in the last 3 games. Argentinian international. Great player. Get rid of Dummett and Lascelles. Ciaran Clark has turned the corner.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Might have to play Schar, Fernandez and Clark against Villa. Our best team at the moment would be:


    Yedlin Schar Fernandez Lejuene Willems


    Atsu Almiron Saint-Maximin


  • jane

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #4

    not being able to click on the login/Next Post/Comment box almost every other time i refresh is a bit annoying.

  • jane

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #5

    i use Chrome on a Windows PC.

  • Bambams

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I didnt want Bruce, I still think he is in the shadow of Rafa but I will judge him at the end of the January Window (see if he has the minerals to tell Ash who he needs) and I will judge him at the end of the season.

    After the 5-0 hammering at Leicester, I didnt expect he would see two more games.

    Fair play to him, back to back wins.

  • jane

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7
  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #8

    That Sisoko looks some player although only using Dennis Wise method.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9

    If Bruce drops Joel he will gain more respect. He’s not playing well overall and most of the chances are not coming from hold up play so just need a finisher. Gayle or Muto need to Start next game.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Ketsbaia – I’d certainly take a punt on Jarrod Bowen. Bruce knows him from his Hull days. However we also need a class ball winner in Midfield and a proven goalscorer. I regard the following as surplus to requirements : Mutu , Gayle , Ki and Krafth especially when we get Lejeune , Ritchie and Longstaffe back after injury and suspension especially if we can sign in January a proven goalscorer and a class ball winning midfielder.

  • one fine day

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    “not being able to click on the login/Next Post/Comment box almost every other time i refresh is a bit annoying.”

    Look ! you simply have to stand up to jib and tell him it’s your turn to type .He can hust be so selfish at times .

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, totally agree that we need a ball winning holding midfielder. Someone like Ngolo Kante would bee ideal. I’d sign Sissoko or Thiago Maia. I’d say three players should be signed as a minimum in January. Jarrod Bowen, Ibrahima Sissoko and a fast tall striker. Almiron can they play as a playmaker just behind the striker. Krafth and Joelinton were poor signings. Willems and ASM are fantastic.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Nufc 83. I don’t think he will change a winning team especially after the International break. He should have both Ritchie and Lejeune back and possibly Schar so it will be a much stronger bench.Carroll will still be the impact sub 20 mins from time although if he was 90+ per cent fit I would start him. From what I have seen of Villa this season especially against Liverpool. They are a very well drilled confident side and we will do well to get a point at Villa Park. The game after home to City will be the interesting one and we will then see what difference the team that Bruce sets up compares to Rafa’s last season.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m expecting the 3 points at villa anything else will be down to Bruce 🙂

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 9, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Willems needs to be made permanent in January and yes that Thiago Maia who we’ve been linked with previously seems to fit the midfield ball winner role perfectly. We still get back to a free scoring forward and in January it’s doubly difficult to find one especially in our (sorry Ashlie’s) price range

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 9, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Been to match today
    Really enjoyed the game even if it was edge of the seats at times
    Started slowly not in the game first twenty minutes outplayed by a slick Bournemouth team, first to every ball scored a well worked goal even if we were slow to react to it.

    Once they scored game changed and we got a foothold into the game created chance after chance with their defence giving the ball away under our pressure.
    Saint Max could of had a had trick – effort that hit the bar should of buried but came up trumps with the ball that Yedlin scored from.
    Gave my Man of the Match to Joelinton as he battled away on his own up front – held the ball up well with little help from others to try and get near him to help him out
    second half end to thought we deserved it in the end even with Atkinson trying his admnest to give Bournemouth a equaliser.

    Merit marks
    Dubravka7- lot better in the air today caught every thing and distribution a lot better
    Yedlin 7 – good game scored a great goal with well timed run but was a bit loose in his passing when under pressure at the end
    Clark 7 – not spectacular keeps it simple but at the same time done nothing wrong since coming into the team scored again
    Lascalles 5 – struggled with a injury after he got pushed into Dubravka early on in the game
    Fernandez 8 – Outstanding at the back and cool under pressure passing it out of defence and some great balls down the line
    Willems 8 – got to sign him – defended well and gets forward at every opportunity – got great feet with some deft touches – seemed to add strength to his game today
    And has a mean throw as a extra weapon
    Shelvey 7 all at sea early on in the game passing was poor but as the game went on got better and better – some great passes over the top – but needs a bit more energy when chasing back
    Hayden 7 – goes unnoticed a lot of the game – did what he does best by breaking up opposition play
    Almiron 7.5 – when is he going to score tries and tries gets up and down the pitch all game – defends wells well as setting up attacks – just needs a bit more composer in front of goal.
    Quite funny when had a chance near the end when his shot hit the prone Maxi and stairs shouting at him for getting in the way.
    Max 7.5 – caused problems all afternoon for the Bournemouth defence but like Almiron needs more composure in and around the box. Great pass for first goal. unlucky time and time again with decisions going against him by the idiot Atkinson
    JoeLinton 8 – My Man of the Match – just – ploughed a lonely path up front held the ball up well and brought other players into the game – but they need to get nearer him to help him out. Another who added a bit of strength to his game since the beginning of the season. Nearly scored at the end through his own making

    Dummet 7 – excellent when he game on – never put a foot wrong and we looked a lot solider at the back when he was on.
    Carroll 6 – did well when he came on mainly in defence when we were under pressure at the end.
    Atsu – not on long enough

    Bruce 7 – managed them well today and used his subs well
    Atkinson 2 – for allowing both our goals – how he referees Premiership games
    Crowd 7 – best they/we have been this season – loud second half got behind the team

    Two week break comes at a good time – carrying a lot of niggles after todays bruising game

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Nov 10, 2019 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we will get a point against Villa but nowt against Mancity. But knowing us we’ll get hammered off Villa and beat City?!!


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