Steve Bruce will be delighted with the response from his team this afternoon. He gave the lads who were so disappointing on Monday a chance at redemption and they came through.
After the match, Bruce spoke about the resiliency his team showed today. This is what Bruce said about how the lads responded after twice going down to the defending champions as published in the Chronicle:
“I thought their first was a bit fortunate. You need to defend well against Man city and your goalkeeper to make a few saves and he did. You think, when KDB scores ‘That’s typical’.
“Thankfully we still had something to get back at them. The biggest thing for me was twice we went behind and twice we came back, and that bodes well.”
We, too, thought the first goal was a tad bit unlucky but Newcastle were sloppy in their inability to clear the ball. Of course, once it fell to Sterling, they were punished.
However, the response was quick, and it was Miguel Almiron with his first assist as a Magpie. Jetro Willems scored his second goal on another excellent strike from his right foot. His two goals this season are against the defending European and Premier League champions.
While Bruce was happy with the response in the game and after Monday’s match, he needs to find a way to prevent the dips in form that have happened this season.
The head coach is aware that the lads are prone to inconsistent displays and he touched upon that after the game:
“The thing we have to address is we go up and down a bit too easily for my liking. At home, our form has stacked up well, but away from home we have to improve.”
We disagree a bit with Steve here as we don’t think it’s a home and away situation. Earlier this season, Newcastle had some disappointing home performances against Watford and Brighton. Though they have improved at St James Park of late.
Steve continued and again emphasized the importance of consistency as they forge ahead this season:
“When you get beat, you can always have a look but that consistency is what we’re striving for.
“Villa was disappointing, but five or six previous we’ve been decent. Keep working at it, keep plodding away and we hope.”
The inconsistency is something that Steve Bruce must sort out. While there’s going to be disappointing results, displays like Monday at Villa could be the Achilles heel of this team.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Manchester City?
- Martin Dubravka (33%, 354 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (18%, 191 )
- Jetro Willems (15%, 163 )
- Federico Fernandez (12%, 132 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (7%, 76 )
- Miguel Almiron (6%, 60 )
- Isaac Hayden (4%, 47 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 17 )
- Joelinton (1%, 11 )
- Ciaran Clark (1%, 9 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 7 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 3 )
- Dwight Gayle (0%, 1 )
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