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Steve Bruce Is Striving To Instill This Key Component To His Team’s Performances

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 )

Total Voters: 1,071

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26 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought Bruce showed a bit of class making a point
    at the end of the game complimenting De Bruyne on
    his worldy.

  • lesh

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3


    I neither saw nor listened to the match therefore can’t comment.

    Despite that, very few are singing the praises of Joelinton’s contributions so far and talking about that’s surely relevant.

    Or, could it be you’d prefer to ignore the negatives, focus on the positives thus steering criticism away from where the problem really is – Ashley, his advisors, minions and his policies?

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Or, could it be you’d prefer to ignore the positives

  • cyprus

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Inconsistency? Newcastle United? Never.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I neither saw nor listened to the match therefore can’t comment.

    Nuff said really

    toon fan ?

    meh !!!!

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #7

    is our next match on Thursday? unusual day for a league match.

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Sissoko first goal in 95 appearances.

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    it was our turn to score from a free kick on the edge of the box. Harry Wilson just got one for Bournemouth.

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #10

    next match is Sheffield Utd away. if ever this was a match we will lose that is it.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Jane I think it’s catch up because the winter break will be taking
    place over a fortnight-long period, with the break for PL clubs
    set to be staggered over two weekends.
    These will be the weekends of February 8 and 15.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Despite Shelvey’s goal and great contribution I’ve voted for Manquillo, he had probably the toughest game with ManC really loading up their attacks on his side and he coped well with it.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Leeds humping Boro

  • swemag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Joelinton is a target player. He does that well. On his own with 2 defenders in his back he still controls and gets away with the ball more times than not.
    He is not Messi that will run at players, take them on and create something out of nothing. If you want that give Zlatan a call, but I doubt he wants to come.
    Joelinton needs crosses, he is getting nothing. ASM and Almiron preserves to run at the wing backs and get a short pass back to a midfielder.

    He is not shit. He is just not deployed in his best position and in a team that suits him.

  • swemag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with Bill. Manquillo has done well everytime he’s been given a chance. As a Swede I will say it is a mystery why we spent 5 million on Kraft. What the hell was that?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #16


    Aye it looks like Sunderland will have a local derby next season, pity as Boro have a great owner.

  • swemag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Kraft translated means Force. He is hardly a Jedi this one.

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #18

    why not play on Tuesday or Wednesday though?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #19


    I believe that Ashlie thought he was buying into a cheese maker! 🙂

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Happy for Manquillo, but not surprised. On balance our best RWB and a good pro.

    Similarly happy for Shelvey. Obviously a good player, but not always at the races defensively and does drop too deep too often looking to get on the ball, but he is capable and today he did the necessary bread and butter stuff well.

    Consistency Jonjo, cover ground, shut down, get a leg in, give and go, hold your shape and graft to find the space to get on the ball higher up the pitch, rather than dropping off for it.

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #21

    EGB that’s if Sunderland aren’t relegated 🙂

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #22

    We need to offer Fernandez a new three/four year contract. He’s done really well. Decent on the ball too and can create and score. I believe that we should sign Ibrahima Sissoko, Rony Lopes, Jarrod Bowen and Marega/Aboukabar in January. Those 4 players would transform us. I’d also give Muto a chance ahead of Joelinton. Lejuene and Schar need to go back into the team. By the time we get to Man U away, I would like to see this team:


    Yedlin Schar Lejuene Fernandez Willems


    Atsu Almiron Saint-Maximin


  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #23

    it’s because it’s on Amazon Prime.

  • jane

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    “Jane I think it’s catch up because the winter break ”

    shakes head

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Quel krap korner.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s because Sheff U play tomorrow I think


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