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Midfielder Gives Honest Assessment Of Bruce’s Team Selection


Matty Longstaff saw his dream come alive against Manchester United on October 6th. He scored a game-winning goal in his Premier League debut. The 19-year-old went on to start the next two games and looked the part in the heart of the Newcastle team alongside his big brother Sean.

However, in the disappointing draw against Wolves, Sean received a straight red for his tackle on Reuben Neves. Due to the sending off, Sean was set for a spell on the sidelines.

As it turned out, Matty has also seen himself out of the team as well. Steve Bruce has instead opted for a midfield pairing of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, which has worked out well for Newcastle with two straight wins.

Sean has spoken about the situation that both he and his brother are facing. Sean is disappointed to be suspended, but he also feels for his brother Matty. This is what Sean had to say as published in the Chronicle:

“That’s football, isn’t it? Things aren’t going to go your way all the time. From my point of view, I knew I wasn’t going to play (against West Ham), but I thought Matty would.

“When he got left out, I was obviously really disappointed for him, but the manager made a decision and Jonjo came in and scored and Isaac came in and did really well. It’s a squad game at the end of the day and we’re going to need everyone.

“We’ll look to push up the table, which everyone in the dressing room thinks we can. It’s disappointing not to be playing, but you are a team, and the only way you’re going to be successful is with everyone doing their bit.

“Hopefully, for me, this is my little break from the team, and when I come back, I can get back in as soon as possible and get back to where I was.”

As quite a few players have seen this season, a stint on the sideline or a run in the team is only a game away. While Matty Longstaff was the toast of the town for a few weeks, he has seen two of his teammates put in top performances and are likely to keep their place at Aston Villa on Monday.

However, there are nine games over the next five weeks, so both Matty and Sean need to be ready to stake a claim when their names are called. It’s unlikely they won’t feature during the busy winter schedule. When they get their chance again, they need to be prepared to make it count.


120 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #1

    The choices various players are giving the manager can only be a good thing.

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  • Kev26

    Nov 20, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Really is that what he is saying. I think he’s saying it’s a team game and we can all benefit or lose out. Bruce dropped Matty for West Ham and we won and oh Bournemouth and we won. I thought after Man Utd Matty was poor against Chelsea. Therefore dropped.Sean against Wolves naïve sent off. We need to get a grip. Local boys get carried away by the adulation.

    Let’s get behind Bruce a local who can’t believe he has the job wants to his best and all you boycotting stay away and if we get to a cup final don’t jump on the bandwagon, stranger things have haven’t

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  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Everyone connected with Spurs seemed to be
    agreed for weeks now that the squad is ageing
    and needs re-jigging.
    Levy clearly didn’t trust MP with that task

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  • Kev26

    Nov 20, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Well I cant submit my comment as I have said similar things recently about Benitez. Maybe we don’t have freedom of speech on here if we are critical of him. Just get behind the team and those stay away supporters stay away if we get to a cup final as stranger things have happened.

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  • Kev26

    Nov 20, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    They refused my first comment sorry but it was posted

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Ah, how could I forget Mathieu Debuchey. Was my favorite player for a while there. Starts in my Newcastle team of the decade if we were to play a flat back 4. If we played a back 3 then he’s on the bench ahead of Yedlin.

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  • stan anderson

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Quite a difference between playing for both clubs as opposed to managing them.
    As a died in the wool Magpie I could never celebrate a goal against the Toon no matter what.
    I remember many years ago former Man.Utd favourite Denis Law scored for Man City to relegate his former club and he was devastated after he scored the goal.
    If your team are in your heart you would never celebrate a goal against them,its just not done or shouldn’t be.

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  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    stan anderson
    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:16 PM
    Comment #7
    Quite a difference between playing for both clubs as opposed to managing them.

    Absolutely right

    That’s why Bruce shouldn’t be condemned for celebrating a goal scored by a team
    he managed regardless of the opposition.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Can see Sean being offered around 40k a week now Man U have dropped their interest. Might have been offered 70k a week were they still sniffing around. Sean lacks that bit of pace, so it’s hard to know exactly how good he is gonna be, so I can’t see him being made one of our biggest earners just yet.

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  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #10

    The reason Law was devastated was , his goal relegated Man U.

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #11

    if we beat Villa we will jump above Bournemouth or Wolves or both if they draw.
    probably go above Brighton unless they beat Leicester.
    probably go above Palace unless they beat Liverpool.
    above Man Utd unless they beat Sheffield Utd
    maybe above Burnley if they don’t beat Watford.

    if we win i think we will be 8th or 9th 🙂

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #12

    or above Sheffield Utd if they lose to Man Utd

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #13

    if we draw or lose we’ll probably drop a couple of places if Everton and Spurs or West Ham win.

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #14

    a bonus point for scoring 4 or more goals would be interesting.

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  • toon22

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Until Jabba is gone the best we can hope for is just say staying in the league
    Our aim every season
    We arnt interested in cup runs, or European football
    We wont invest in facilities or the youth setup

    We have just gone back to gambling on players so Jabba can make a big profit

    A club without any other ambition other than advertising tat shops and making Jabba money

    It wont change till he is gone

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #16

    hiya toon22

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  • toon22

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:34 PM
    Comment #8

    stan anderson
    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:16 PM
    Comment #7
    Quite a difference between playing for both clubs as opposed to managing them.

    Absolutely right

    That’s why Bruce shouldn’t be condemned for celebrating a goal scored by a team
    he managed regardless of the opposition.

    Nope
    The traitor dint have to celebrate, plenty of people have restrained themselves
    Its the usual PR bollix were supposed to believe

    Hiya JIB, its not just this blog youll find the PR posting is it 😉

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  • toon22

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Hiya Jane

    The PR never sleeps

    Say hi to Keith for me 😉

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  • toon22

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Regardless what the PR might want people to believe the simple fact is the fans have had enough of it all
    He can give away as many tickets as he likes, it will all end badly from this point in
    You cant give em away forever

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #20

    shall i ask Keith if he will give you a job. you would be good.

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  • jane

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #21

    maybe you do work for Keith as an under-cover double agent. bet you get double pay for that.

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  • JohnJ

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t know about other folk on here but I’m glad to see the back of “International Breaks” They seem to go on and on and on like a flipping washing machine. At least we’ll see a canny few games in December!

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 20, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Aah theres the little fool, hes back from his slumber! 🙂

    1
  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Hiya Rob

    Nobody cares

    🙂

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Jane

    😉

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Mourinho is a good character to have in the prem but watching him talk about spurs when he was adored at chelsea for years….at least Bruce is a local man and I can only imagine how it would feel for him to win something. Especially as great men like Tarquin the sociology boffin and Jail the Seagull Watcher might then accept him. What a life achievement for Bruce to have Les Miserables on his side . Lmao 🙂 .

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Yeh the traitor

    A local man who refused to help us in the past
    Celebrated the mackems scoring against us at SJP

    Hiya Munster
    Hated Rafa
    Loves the PR favorite

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Thats ignoring the fact he simple hasnt won a thing as a manager in his life
    His best stat is 2nd in the FA cup IIRC

    Lets just ignore what Rafa won, its inconvenient to your point

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #29

    toon22,

    I agree that a manager should be appointed based on their history (CV if you like).

    Based on this Rafa definitely deserved the job and Bruce didn’t (IMO).

    However, Bruce is the current manager – so, in your opinion…..what is it that he has / hasn’t done during the time he’s been manager of our club that makes you (as a supporter) dislike him so much?

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #30

    NY

    Refused to help us in the past
    Celebrated the mackems scoring at SJP
    Is here for no other reason than being a Jabba yes man, going along with his gambling on players
    His past record of failure, he is a relegation specialist
    His reputation of being a total nightmare of a manager , ask any Villa fan
    His mackem mates as coaches

    Im sure there are many more but thats the top 6 for me

    Can you think of a single plus point to him being here ?

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #31

    He represents what Jabba wants
    He represents the utter contempt Jabba has for the fans

    He is the polar opposite to Rafa, all hope left with him

    Simply put we wont ever build a team or compete with him or Jabba within half a mile of the club

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #32

    When we get lucky on one of Jabbas punts on a player it only ever means one thing
    He will be sold and the money inst ever re invested
    Its simply gone
    And for those players who that same gamble fails on, we are usually left with a player on a very long contract who is simply here for the money

    The club foots the bill

    He cant lose

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #33

    NY,
    I hope you aren’t expecting a genuine response to that??

    Didn’t Sir Bobby turn us down when we asked him as well? When Bruce turned us down, he stated he was staying loyal to Birmingham, as he had just signed a 5 year deal. Did it not also come out that SBR was still manager when he was first approached, and he refused based on his respect for SBR?

    All the anger and dislike of Bruce is just diverting attention from the real issue which is Ashley. No matter who the manager, we would be no more than also rans with Ashley at the helm.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #34

    toon22,

    Fair enough I just wanted to clarify
    So, it’s fair to say that the vast majority of your points against him are because of issues you have before he became our manager and not anything he has / has not done since he became manager (there’s nothing wrong that BTW).
    Of course you also have issues with what you perceive the future will be (again nothing with that)

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #35

    As with every other business the fat greedy get has gotten his fingers into

    All he can ever do is take the quick profit without a clue as to how he could have made more
    Its simply beyond him, or maybe he just dont care

    We never asked to have massive sums spent, just what we made
    He made sure that was nowt
    He isnt interested in us, he is here for what he can take

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #36

    LG,

    Just trying a bit of honest debate…I always like to try and understand where people are ‘coming from’

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #37

    NY

    Your happy with him ?
    Whats your opinion on his appointment ?

    What is he good at ?

    Why do you think nobody with 2 brain cells to rub together will touch the job at the toon ?
    Maybe we should blame Rafa, thats a popular choice
    Maybe Keegan is to blame instead ?

    We wont ever compete with Jabba about, the manager is simply irrelevant

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Actually, Bruce turned Villa round when he first took over from Di Matteo. It was after he suffered serious personal tragedies that it went wrong, and quite probably he should have walked away at that time instead of trying to honour his contract while struggling with his mother falling seriously ill and his father passing around the same time.

    He was in Newcastle half the time, and was no longer focussed on his work and it fell apart. Quite a lot of Villa fans have a lot of sympathy for him, but they aren’t the ones who shout loudest on blogs, phone ins or social media.

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Ahh the SBR lie

    I think youll find Barcalona declined the approach, we didnt go back with a money offer
    What was the traitor doing when we paid money for him ?

    SW ?

    Its obviously the same thing to some people
    Shall we also ignore SBR competing in the CL too ?

    Where shall we draw the PR line here ?

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #40

    Villa fans chucked cabbages at him, in the ground

    PR 0

    Reality 1

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