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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

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #81

    NY,
    We have space for 1 without moving anyone on. Matty is named in the squad, but can be removed and still eligible as he is under 21. The decision to name him really was a statement of where Colback and Saivet stand within the club, maybe to try push them to move, who knows.

    It is hard to get value at times, and hard to get form players, but there is always opportunities, and good deals out there. It just depends whether you find th and if they are what you need.

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  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 21, 2019 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #82

    This Bruce celebrating a goal against us on and on and on and on and on story line.

    Although I didn’t condone it at the time and it pissed me off, imagine what would have happened if he didn’t Celebrate and the Mackems saw him.

    In his heart I feel he was like shite, I shouldn’t have done that but in his head he had no choice as the Mackems would have hung him at the bridge.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #84

    hibbit
    That article is so full of inaccuracies and weirdly drawn conclusions
    as to be laughable

    just one example

    “While Newcastle had stood within touching distance of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool back in 2007”

    In May 2007 the PL table was :-
    Tottenham 5th on 60 pts
    Arsenal 4th on 68 points
    Liverpool 3rd on 68 pts

    Newcastle 13th on 43 points

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #85

    People don’t have to like Bruce to support the team , the problem is that he’s seen as Ashley’s puppet much like Pards , McLaren – unfortunately as a club nothing will change as long as the real problem remains – only Ashley leaving will give us a hope of any ambition from the club

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #86

    He was talking about commercial revenue Jibbers. What other inaccuracies is there?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #87

    As for Munster and his getting behind Bruce if he wins something, that’s the whole point is it not. The majority got behind an unpopular Pardew after that wonder season despite the football being very poor for a large part of the season. We now know all too well what the club strategy is, we’ve seen it time and time again. If Bruce knocks up a few more wins, instead of investing in January they’ll see it as an ideal time to jettison anyone deemed surplus and especially those going in to their last years, we could actually see Clarke, Ritchie, Yedlin and Gayle leave in January with promises of massive investment in the summer. Leaving a dire second half of the season when a couple of injuries and despondency kick in. The only saving grace is that there is the matter of ST renewals to be taken in to account which might see some money spent in January.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #88

    Hey frogspawn, everyone cares!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #89

    This ‘Bruce has won nowt and is a failure and a traitor’ gets constantly plied by some on here.

    Hull, AV, Birmingham et al in their time under his management were hardly packed with talent ed squads nor did he have big dosh at his disposal.

    By comparison, KK and Poch to name but two, did.

    Ant they didn’t win one trophy between them.

    Yes both KK and Poch competed at the top of the Prem but so they should have done with the squads they had – the real mark of success at that level is winning something… and they couldn’t even manage a League Cup between them.

    Does that make KK and Poch bad managers? No.

    Does Bruce’s record make him a bad manager?

    Even more so, no.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #90

    So how is Bruce meant to win something when Churnley and Ashley are working against him. As Lilongwe said earlier, it will make a massive difference on how he reacts to being shafted, if he rolls out the party line and we struggle in the second half then he’s going to be in the firing line.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #91

    Jail
    I’ll respond when you call me jib

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #92

    Jail – If Bruce knocks up a few more wins, instead of investing in January they’ll see it as an ideal time to jettison anyone deemed surplus and especially those going in to their last years, we could actually see Clarke, Ritchie, Yedlin and Gayle leave in January with promises of massive investment in the summer. Leaving a dire second half of the season when a couple of injuries and despondency kick in.

    Right on cue Jail comes in with his Xmas cheer.

    He’s banged the drum before saying we should have cashed in by now on Gayle and Clarke and now he’s saying it will be a disaster if we do.

    Seriously, if he bought two tickets for the Euro Millions and one hit the jackpot he’d kick himself for buying the one that didn’t.

    Imagine sitting down to Xmas dinner with Jail…

    You’d get more festive cheer at Santa’s funeral.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #93

    Ok Jibley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #94

    Bills Son is Back,
    Why do you have to copy and paste my every comment, it’s three comments up.
    Yes, we should have cashed in on them and upgraded a season back. Do you not think it would have a big effect on the squad if you let the four I listed ho in January.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #95

    Jail – So how is Bruce meant to win something when Churnley and Ashley are working against him.

    So how were KK and Poch meant to win something with squads packed with top class internationals backed by copious transfer spending?

    They didn’t.

    Does that make KK a bad manager of NUFC?

    Or are the rules different for Brice?

    We should be told.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #96

    Bill’s Son is Back is so miserable he’s painted double yellow lines on his roof to stop Santa parking there.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #97

    Jail,

    I like to copy and paste just so that others can fully appreciate the dreary doom laden tripe you write.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #98

    Well don’t it’s bad enough reading it once 😀

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #99

    Jib the article is discussing commercial income and revenue streams not league position

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #100

    Jail if you find my positive posts about most things NUFC ‘miserable’…

    There isn’t a word in the English language to describe your attitude.

    Every single post of yours is laden with doom, gloom, more doom and more gloom.

    You fester away like a boil that no matter how often you squeeze the puss out of it…

    It just fills right back up again.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #101

    Jail just call him Jipstainz back, he will change his tune pretty quickly.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #102

    Jib, I meant Jib, not jail. God that almost went horribly wrong!

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #103

    Just to clarify I was talking to Jin telling him to call jail Jipstainz, because duck jail. Lol

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #104

    hibbit
    It purports to be doing so but he couldn’t pick a worse
    example than Spurs to compare us to.
    You couldn’t find two clubs more different financially

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 21, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #105

    Jib* Omfg, what’s wrong with my brain I cant type this morning.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #106

    Jibbers,
    On the contrary, you couldn’t find a better example our commercial revenue was so close.

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  • stan anderson

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #107

    JIB if you read the article i posted last night about Denis Law scoring against Man Utd i did say he was devastated for scoring the goal that put them down.You are so quick to put people down when they miss something on here.
    So you would celebrate a goal against the Toon if you were managing the other team?
    Shame on you if the answer is yes,becaue that is exactly what cabbage head did.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #108

    Jail has made the same mistake as the Chron journo
    “Let’s go back and find which club had the same commercial
    revenue as us a decade ago and now has improved theirs
    while ours has stood still”

    In the intervening decade Spurs have sold White Hart Lane
    built a new stadium and gone into hock with Goldman Sachs
    and Merrill Lynch to the tune of 1billion dollars.

    They HAD to improve their commercial income to service their massive debt

    Why do you think they’ve just sacked MP ?

    If they don’t get some silverware and recognition soon they could go under !

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #109

    Jib your trying to rewrite history, at the time he’s quoting you couldn’t find a better example than Spurs to compare us to, we were well ahead of them commercial and gate income was far in excess of there’s we also had the new ground up and running while they have only just completed there’s now at a huge cost and financial strain to them.

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  • stan anderson

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #110

    Bills son K.K. built a fantastic squad from near certain relegation to 3rd division to one of the best teams in the land.
    He should,ve led us to the title but it did,nt happen for whatever reason.His lack of experience against the mighty Fergy maybe. I do know he gave me hope that we were actually gonna win something .
    Bruce does not fill me any hope of winning anything.sorry to say.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #111

    So Jib,
    What you’re saying is that Mikey has saved us from “doing a Spurs”

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #112

    We’ve had two good performances the rest of the games ranged from mediocre to dreadful.

    Bruce hasn’t done anything to make me warm to him as a manager or person.

    End of the season is the time to judge.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #113

    So while they chase away a CL finalist to bring in a multiple trophy winner, we chase away a multiple trophy winner to bring in a FA cup finalist.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #114

    #BoycottAshley ( OP)
    make me warm to him as a manager or person.

    Bruce should consider that a badge of honour

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #115

    hibbit @ 109 you seem to be endorsing my point

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #116

    BOYCOTT Agree completely, but I do think he’s trying harder the past month to his credit.

    But watching the full matches we were very mediocre in all but two matches that we got results from.

    The Villa game will tell us A LOT about where were actually at. If we dont beat them it tells me things arent gradually improving. If we do win, it will be hard to deny that he is at least getting better performances out of them.

    It’s also a must win, considering who’s up after them, let’s see if they are up for beating Villa.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #117

    Stan Anderson – totally agree with your last post.

    The KK years were fantastic.

    My only point was that some on here are critical of Bruce because he has won nowt and for him to get any credit he would have to. KK, unfortunately, and Poch, also won nowt.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #118

    Huh! How did we go from cabbage heed to comparing him with poch and kk … Jesus Christ , there’s some complete crap posted on this blog – can people just not stick to the facts , Bruce is/was a lower league manager who has never been offered a top job …and still hasn’t … The reality is we are a lower mid team on average and especially under Ashley’s reign – we have the perfect manager for our level …. The sad reality if it all

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #119

    Chris Kamara seems to have found a new career path

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #120

    Jib

    I would think winning fans over is a priority for any manager

    Stick to Google you pleb

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