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Steve Bruce Needs To See More Of This From His Newcastle Side


It was a confident and upbeat Steve Bruce in his press conference today before he traveled to Sheffield with the squad for tomorrow night’s game against high-flying Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The good news is that both Andy Carroll and DeAndre Yedlin have been back in training this week and could be available for tomorrow night’s game.

But Florian Lejeune will not play as Bruce is giving him every chance to be 100% before the Frenchman is brought back into the side.

Also, the other center-backs have been performing so well that it does give the manager that liberty.

Newly promoted Sheffield United have been the big surprise of the Premier League so far this season and are currently in 8th position with 19 points from their 14 games.

Steve Bruce – at his press conference

That’s 3 points and 6 places above where Newcastle currently stand in the league table in 14th place.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
8Sheffield United16-322
9Crystal Palace16-422
10Newcastle16-622
11Arsenal15-219
12Brighton16-419
13Burnley16-818

We will do well to take something out of the game tomorrow night, and this is some of what Steve Bruce had to say about the game today:

“We’re doing OK at the minute but the league is so tight. The difference between fifth bottom and fifth top is tiny.”

(Note – it’s just 6 points between Crystal Palace (21 points – 5th) and Brighton (15 points – 16th)).

“December is going to be the defining month for a lot of teams and ourselves being one. Can we go and pick up a few good results in a short period of time and, if we do, that would be great.”

“Overall, after four months, the big thing is finding that consistency. That’s always difficult in the Premier League because there are that many good teams that you play against.”

“Before you know it, you can be either on a decent run or up against it and then you see the big teams which are all around us, it shows you how difficult a league it is.”

“Certainly over the next few weeks we’ll have to change things. When you look towards Boxing Day then the 28th – it’s a ridiculous schedule.”

“We’ll have to adapt and have a bit of freshness when needed which is always the difficult part.”

“They’(the players) have got their own pride. Whether they’re playing for me, they’re playing for the jersey.”

“We know that we’ve got a couple of games back-to-back very quickly, so can we go and get a couple of results?”

“If we can it will be a decent first half to the season.”

“We have to match them because they are right up and at you. The crowd are behind them who are delighted that they are in the Premier League and enjoying what they are seeing from their team.”

“It is a proper game.”

Sheffield United were the first club Steve Bruce managed back in 1998 at the start of his coaching career, and they were also the last club he played for – starting off as player/manager for the Blades.

But Steve resigned from his position after only a year and almost joined Sky Sports as a pundit before being persuaded to join Huddersfield Town by the then-owner Barry Rubery.

The Blades are doing very well so far this season, and we will need to be somewhere near our best to get something out of this tough game.

But hey – almost three fans in four think we can get something out of this game.

Hope so.

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2 comments so far

  • JohnReese

    Dec 4, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #1

    This Sheffield game from a tactical stand point should be very interesting. I think our set up, especially away from home really has the potential to cause them damage. With their wing backs pushed so high up and with how wide their the 2 outside centre backs play there will be potentially a lot of space for ASM and Almiron to exploit.

    As well as Manquillo played against City I’d be inclined to bring Yedlin back in as his pace will help massively in that regard. Ultimately though I think the game will be won or lost on which midfield pairing turns up for us. If we get the Shelvey and Hayden who’re right at it and can match the intensity of Lundstram and Fleck in particular, there’s a chance for us.

    Purely from my own coaching point of view I’m finding Sheffield particularly enjoyable to watch. I would worry that teams will figure out how best to exploit them eventually and like we see with a lot of newly promoted teams the second half of the season could be rough. I’m looking forward to a really good match so I’ll apologise in advance for it inevitably ending as a bore draw.

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 4, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Think it’s likely to be a 0-0 but hoping we can nick a goal – looking forward to it although Thursday night fixtures aren’t great for me.
    Think the league is decidedly average outside the top 3, I’d expect Spurs to go on a run and clinch 4th/5th – after that it’s anyone’s guess as there’s very little between the rest and us

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