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Bruce To ‘Persevere’ With Struggling Trio

Another match has come and gone without a goal from our forwards. In 35 appearances this season between our front three of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, and Allan Saint-Maximin, we’ve managed just one goal.

Last night we witnessed another display of ineptitude in the final third. We barely threatened Tom Heaton in the Villa goal.

While in our two wins at West Ham and against Bournemouth, there were signs of an awakening upfront. That all came crashing back down last night.

Our big summer signing Joelinton was again far too isolated and was a frustrated figure on the pitch. While Allan Saint-Maximin tried to pull off some of his magic, Miguel Almiron put in an infuriating display as he squandered some potential opportunities.

At some point, Steve Bruce will have to consider other options in attack. However, it does not appear that he will be changing anything just yet.

This is what Bruce had to say when asked about his forwards last night:

“We have to keep persevering. Every time they don’t (score), I’ll be asked the same question. They have to stay confident, stick with it. Unfortunately, all of them are lacking goals. We have to keep working away at it.”

Steve Bruce, to be fair, does not have many options in attack. Andy Carroll doesn’t look like he can start at the moment. Bringing in Dwight Gayle or Yoshinori Muto for Joelinton would lead to a change in the system.

We suppose he could bring Christian Atsu on for Miguel Almiron but that’s likely not going to make too much difference. We have lacked goals up front all season. When we don’t get them from elsewhere on the pitch, we end up with results like last night.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-0 Defeat At Aston Villa?

  • Martin Dubravka (44%, 322 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (28%, 203 )
  • Jetro Willems (8%, 55 )
  • Federico Fernandez (4%, 27 )
  • Andy Carroll (3%, 20 )
  • Isaac Hayden (2%, 17 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 17 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (2%, 15 )
  • Miguel Almiron (2%, 11 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 10 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 9 )
  • Christian Atsu (1%, 9 )
  • Paul Dummett (1%, 8 )
  • Ciaran Clark (1%, 5 )

Total Voters: 728

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29 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib try and keep up will you December the 16th looks to be the chosen date https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2019/11/sports-direct-international-will-soon-rebrand-to-frasers-group/

  • sifu

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I am surprised that Gayle wasn’t brought on earlier considering his record against Villa. The display our team gave was poor to say the least. Gayle is a proven goal scorer but his moral must be low and can only be lifted by giving him a start and not as a sub. Carrol also should have been given longer taking in the fact that lots of the goals against Villa have come from headers. Doesn’t Brucey look at things like this when he picks the team?

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    whoops sorry hibbit
    I thought it was at AGM
    hadn’t realised they’d called an EGM

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Why persevere when it’s obvious Joel and Miggy’s confidence is shot and not likely to get better any time soon with city next up. Just bench them and take them out of the firing line for now. Bruce obviously doesn’t know where to play them either which isn’t helping.

    I think the brothers have to come back in and maybe try a 433 to get an extra body in midfield as when we went a goal down I never thought we would get back in it with Grealish having the freedom of the pitch.


    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Hi Sifun nuBruce doesn’t look at these facts as he hasn’t got a clue as to what he should be doing. Outplayed again by a team below us we will be struggling all season long and maybe by some miracle just escape the drop, but that won’t be because we played well enough to escape the only the fact that there might be three teams worse than us. Last night was yet another abysmal display with Heaton only troubled once and by a defender once again

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    The key sentence in that Guardian article

    “The Sports Direct chain of shops will not be renamed.”

  • hibbit

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib why do you think that’s the key sentence ??

  • geordietom

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle were actually better in the warm-up
    United warmed up their front line with a series of crosses and finishing exercises with Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron finding the net with regularity.

    A shooting practice session followed and the likes of Carroll and Gayle showed how it was done.

    But when the real stuff started – or when the “live ball” came out – they flunked where and when it mattered…

    got this from the chronicle sounds about right …

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Will it be possible to pry Koopmeiners out of Alkmaar?

  • lesh

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Fraser Group as new sponsors eh Hibbit? If Ashley’s keen to enhance his SD group image by changing its name to FG, he’ll be advised that SD and FG should be promoted separately – the former possibly detracting from the latter.

    So what could that mean for SJP or NUFC?

    For SJP

    – reduce the amount of SD coverage and install FG advertising. An image conflict, that v quality?

    – remove all SD advertising to be replaced by tastefully placed FG coverage. ‘Quality’ replaces SD.

    – Leave things as they are. Same old…

    Ashley’d probably opt for the second FG option but if he wants to promote FG as quality, then one’s think that he’d be keen to have NUFC associated with quality? That though would surely mean he’d have to take NUFC seriously and investing in it.

    Unless of course, he keeps FG and NUFC apart.

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib why do you think that’s the key sentence ??
    The key sentence as far as NUFC is concerned
    Ignoring lesh’s normal brainless waffle
    Nothing will change at SJP
    SD advertising will stay in situ

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    nufc cursed,
    Is it lost on you that most of the players you mentioned were brought to get us out of the Championship and should have been replaced in due course.

  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Hiya JIB

    Still defending Jabba ?

    So he’s decided to cheapen another brand lol
    It’ll end the same way as usual

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Ha ha I was just going to say nufcursed that’s the worst post I have seen for a long time. Most of those bought in the champo and I’m certain the previous manager wanted moving on years ago. At least one wasn’t even one he wanted “I think he’s a striker….” And you don’t even bring in the poor transfer budget that chained him in. Even the “good” purchases get a swipe because they “don’t play a lot” – good grief. All that to deflect blame away from Ashley and his gun dog Bruce. What a pathetic show.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    If we don’t have a plan going forward, how are they going to score? We struggle to enter the opposition half nevermind getting into the box.

  • toon22

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    It seems this is how the traitor sets his teams up
    His formation of choice

    He’s the 2nd worst manager in prem history for a reason

    Nothing will change till Jabba is gone

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Joselu was Tammy “tap in’s” replacement, another wise moved from our illustrious owner and his chump.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Ki. Free.
    Almiron. Looked class last season playing in the position he was signed for.
    Gayle. Very nearly Champo top scorer if not for injury
    Yedlin. 5M and served his purpose.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    To be continued

  • barkel

    Nov 26, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Seems like the “plan” is to get the ball to ASM so he can run at the 2 defenders that are marking him and try to get a second person up with him, clearly isn’t working. Shelvey needs to be dropped after last nights “performance”, at least one of the longstaffs need to play against city. Miggy needs a tap in just to get his first goal, quite clearly a good player just lacking confidence and trying too hard

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Joselu is on fire in La Liga

    On Sunday he came on for Lucas Pérez (ex Arsenal )
    in the 73rd minute vs Eibar , the match was goalless

    and he scored a brace !!!!

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Bills Son Is Back
    Nov 26, 2019 at 8:57 AM
    Comment #103
    Grealish and McGinn;s ability to carry the ball forward and continually link play. was the big difference. They are proper playmakers and we don’t have that type of player.

    I’ve been saying for two seasons that our biggest problem is in CM.

    Shelvey hits hollywood balls that are great when they come off, Hayden is solid with little creative ability (Diame was the same] Sean passes well but is not a player to run with the ball, Matty is work in progress.

    Who else is there in our CM? Not one of them can run with the ball as none of them have any pace.

    Our midfield play is side pass, side pass, short forward pass, back pass, hit it long, lose it, back to square one.

    It is becoming more and more obvious to me that Perez is the big difference this season. Not so much for his goals but he was the player who picked it up on the half way line and ran at the oppo creating space to build attacks. He was the only player in the middle of the park who did that.

    Al and ASM are good on the break but they are too often running from our half after we’ve won the ball from an oppo attack. They need to be getting the ball further up the pitch so they have more one on one’s.

    Jo isn’t pulling up trees but any CF in this team would struggle.

    When our counter attack works it can be effective, when it doesn’t we look very short on ideas.

    Two new CM’s, one defensive and one creative, both with a bit of pace and the ability to carry the ball forward are a priority imo.

    You could put Shearer in this team at CF and he’d struggle to get chances.

    Fantastic post that Bills

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Bleatin if you think shelvey is one of our best players then I’m afraid you should be taking up another sport as I previously mentioned you absolute clown. I mention dropping Almiron as although I really like him I think Atsu at the moment is the better option and has managed to create a number of chances in his short time on the pitch (I think he was unfairly dropped tbh). As for carrol well that chest and volley was more than Joelinton done all game so it seems worthwhile to give it a go as there’s nothing to lose and if we don’t why is Carroll here in the first place?

  • Geordie-john

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    My God Brucey, You are going to persevere with the struggling trio ? How kind of you considering you are playing them out of their comfort zones.
    Almiron plays on the left of centre NOT right. Joelinton is normally right sided NOT lone striker. Maxi, You’ve gotta let him roam in central attacking area. He would twist and turn defences inside out .
    Are You are expecting these players to perform well under these circumstances and positions you have put them in ? No wonder you’ve never done well at former clubs if you keep on thinking and planning like that . You should have followed on with Rafa’s tactics and ides at least the players would have been more at home after Rafa had moulded them to their best.
    LAST NIGHT, Shameful ! I knew when I seen how deep you had the team playing that Villa were goig to stuff us !
    In my opinion you are almost on par with JOKE IN EAR .

  • Jib

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Dave King has resigned from Rangers
    I wonder if he’s going to work for Mike Ashley ?

  • toon kk

    Nov 26, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Hope our players reimburse our traveling fans.
    That shambolic display of half wit assholes was unacceptable. We made Villa look like Real Madrid.

  • bill

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #28

    If anyone thinks Joelinton cost £40 million, they must be very naïve. I suspect that he cost about £10 million and that would be over the odds for a striker that doesn’t score goals regularly in any league. I think we all know where that money went. The parasite is taking money out of the club anyway and everyway that he can.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Absolute clown. Great stuff. And you recommend Atsu who has been here years and somehow can’t manage to be a first pick. Shelvey was a regular and influential player who dropped out with successive suspension and injury and didn’t come waltzing back into the team as Benitez had hit a good run wlfith a solid midfield. Shelvey when utilised and supported properly ran some matches virtually by himself but now you have the inept Bruce and his bodged bunch of misshapes in midfield you are picking out single players as being the culprits when it’s pretty obvious they are struggling because those around them are inept or not up to the job, Bruce’s “style” is not working or all of those. Your idea is to monkey about with odd players to either put the boot in or add more headless chickens rather than see we need a couple of good midfield buys and give the likes of shelvey some room. More ability and mobility up front and a midfield that stretches us forward instead of compressing us to defence all game would mean more room for a player with an eye for an outlet forward, and more pinpoint crossfield passes to forwards who know how to get into position quickly.

    If I’m an Absolute Clown you have to be one of the performing poodles. 😀


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