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Bruce Bemoans Key Decision And Missed Chances After Loss To Burnley

Steve Bruce was not too happy after the loss to Burnley on Saturday as he felt his team did enough to get a point. He had some criticism for referee Tim Robinson who was making his Premier League debut.

Steve felt the corner that led to Burnley’s game-winner should have been ruled a free-kick for a foul on Federico Fernandez. Here are some of Bruce’s comments about the referee.

It’s never beneficial to harp on the referee’s performance too much. Especially when the team couldn’t get a single shot on target and failed to properly defend the disputed corner. While Bruce has a point to a degree, it may be best to just mention it and then move on.

We thought it was an awful game from both teams. It was a choppy affair that just never really got going. Both sides lacked enough quality to break down the defenses. However, there were a few chances, and Burnley ended up taking one of theirs while Newcastle missed two golden opportunities.

It’s probably a game that’s best forgotten as we move on to face Crystal Palace at St James Park on Saturday. Hopefully, we’ll have Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron back in the team though Bruce was non-committal when asked about them after the game.

Here’s what Bruce had to say about our two chances, followed by an update on Shelvey and Almiron.

What we’re most disappointed in about is that we had several players come back into the fold who just didn’t get the job done. Both Sean Longstaff and Christian Atsu did not put in the performances that we needed from them.

Thankfully, that’s not been the case, for the most part, this season. Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark, Javier Manquillo, and Federico Fernandez came into the team at various points and put in performances that justified their inclusion.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen at Turf Moor. Having a patchwork squad may have had something to do with that.

While it was a disappointing result, the lads were still in it until the end but just couldn’t overcome the rash of injuries that hit this week.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Burnley?

  • Javier Manquillo (34%, 257 )
  • Andy Carroll (29%, 217 )
  • Martin Dubravka (14%, 107 )
  • Federico Fernandez (6%, 43 )
  • Joelinton (4%, 31 )
  • Fabian Schar (3%, 26 )
  • Isaac Hayden (3%, 25 )
  • Paul Dummett (3%, 19 )
  • Jetro Willems (2%, 13 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 9 )
  • Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )

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90 comments so far

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #1

    No he couldn’t play almiron and shelvey because

    A) he did it with ASM and his ankle problem ended up being a snagged hamstring.

    B) at least Burnley are so bad we probably don’t need them. .


  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Steve stop twisting about ghost corners and fouls of Christmas past. They never happened. What happened was the substandard squad beset by injuries to it’s only decent creative players, the squad you accepted but benitez couldn’t, got ground down by one of the other terrible teams in the league.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #3

    It just shows what small margins mean in a league chock full of inconsistency. Being hammered with 75% possession and winning by the odd goal and then having 50% and looking good value for it you lose by the odd goal. Choosing this year’s relegation candidates is much harder than choosing this year’s champs league placements.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #4


    I have to be honest, I thought it was a foul (the play that led to the corner from which they scored).
    Of course, one decision doesn’t define an entire game……

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #5

    NY in the end it doesn’t matter though does it? What matters is not one single solitary shot on goal. And Bruce’s master stroke was to put on a championship striker the last manager couldn’t remember we had in the cupboard, up front late in the game, and with a ball slid into him like you’d gift a six year old to make his day he managed to defend it brilliantly instead of scoring.

    Last season we were talking about getting shot of these players to bring in quality. Now we bring them on to salvage a cruddy point. The day I see Ginger Jack proudly leading the team out with the captain’s armband on will be the day I put a mash hammer through the TV.

  • Assassins Inc

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki, yes I have seen what we have in the youth set up, Victor Fernández looks promising as does Tom Allan, not saying they are the answer to our infinite problems at our club but we seem to never give the youth a chance, against a team like Burnley would have been better than say against a Man City or Liverpool.

    I’m always trying to look for answers due to the fact our owner doesn’t seem to grasp whats important, It’s really the only thing that keeps me going with the Toon.

    As for getting in a striker, we can see that Joe isn’t the pot of gold Ashley thought he would be, yes we hoof the ball but also being optimistic, if the team around see that we have a striker that can score goals consistently then maybe and yes it’s a maybe they would have more confidence in playing the ball into slots and not hoofing so much.

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Need 2 strikers in Jan. sell Joelinton for whatever is possible. Bring in a few pacy wide players as well to compete with ASM and Almiron. Ship out Gayle, muto, ki, colback, Murphy and Joel.

  • dougie

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8

    there will be no incomings in January lol,its all going to plan,wake up

  • dougie

    Dec 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    its a zombie club with no ambition ffs

  • NY Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #10


    I agree, it doesn’t really matter. The scoreline at the final whistle is the only thing that really matters. But, how many times have we heard on this blog (not aimed at you personally) when we’ve won that we were awful? Burnley were pretty awful, but they won.

    You say Bruce’s masterstroke was to put on a championship striker….c’mon, he can only work with what he has, he at least tried to put attacking options on the pitch to get something from the game. Granted, nothing came of it.

    I’m sure the club would be happy to get rid of some of these players, but it’s not that easy – the players have to want to leave. One thing that’s always confused me, if we pay players so badly (which seems to be a common belief) why are players who are not playing not leaving for much more more lucrative contracts?

  • lochinvar

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Suggestions that we sell JoeLinton are wide of the mark, rather like his current goal scoring attempts. His transfer was sanctioned by Ashley and there are some who question the integrity of that deal. Ashley is not going to loose face nor money on selling a financial asset off the books. Nor for that matter is he going to allow another £50m plus to be spent on a new striker. Only possibility is a loan on an ageing but proven striker out of contract somewhere. Suggestions please on a post card to Lee Charnley c/o SJP

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d agree with shipping out Gayle, Muto, Ki, Colback and Murphy, and it’s possible we are trying to do just that, but the club will not give up on Joelinton, so it’s pointless even suggesting it. The opposite is more likely, Bruce will probably try to build a side around Joelinton, Almiron and St Max.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Guess the players deemed to be on modest wages ( a fortune to most) won’t get better deals anywhere else because other clubs don’t think they’re worth if. So they stay and don’t play but take the money. Not good.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #14


    Fully agree mate…..not a good situation.
    But one we need to figure out a solution to.

  • dougie

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Sports Direct FC is an ugly and embarrassing parody of a sporting enterprise.As far as Bruce is concerned he’s hit the jackpot by being in charge of this zombie show.A proven world class manager with ambition was discarded for the 2nd worst manager in Premier League history because he wouldn’t settle for 17th or above as as success.The parasite is laughing at the gullibility of the supporters for even contemplating supporting this train wreck.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #16


    Remind me again…what exactly are the aspects of our club that you support?

  • dougie

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #17

    NY mag,there are no aspects of this club that I support!I will not call this debacle(our club)as you put it because it’s not.Its a parasites money making toy which only exists in its current form to fund and advertise a tat shop empire.There’s no ambition apart from getting 17th or above with as little investment as possible and if you cant see that you’re deluded.

  • toon22

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s all fair and well having an opinion on the toon
    But it’s obvious nowt will change until Jabba has gone

    It’s blatant

    He has no intention of going

  • toon22

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Let’s just be happy being strung along for another 13 years

    He honestly thinks it’s possible


  • Online Guy

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #20

    18 more points and we are safe ..easily achievable would you say ? Less than a point per game .

    But that’s all we are getting …sad but true.

    Going to a weeny little club like Burnley and hoping for a point shows the 14 years Ashley has owned us is fruitless and with total lack of ambition .

    Ashley was forced to do something about 15 thousand missing supporters to save embarressment and Sports Direct advertising looking duller by the day image ..thats where we’re at folks.

    He acts only when Sports Direct are threatened and SD are starting to look tatty

    We need another assault on his Tat Shop.

    Let’s get rid of him this coming year ..he really is using Newcastle United to drive his first Love.

    We are second to his Tat Shop.

  • Online Guy

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #21


    I had not seen or read your comments before posting mine just now

    I echo your feelings and take on what’s what .

    N.Y…. you can see the lack of ambition ? And almost 14 years of Ashleys ownership has brought us what ? .

  • dougie

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s all going swimmingly for the parasite,not a penny will be spent in January

  • Online Guy

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #23


  • Assassins Inc

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #24

    The issue we have is our league position, if we are around the same spot or close come Jan he isn’t going to spend any money in Jan.

    Right now he’s laughing as it’s a win for him, us being higher up the league than expected, but just goes to show we will never will have any ambition under Mike ( I’m cheaper than a piece of shite ) Ashley.

  • Online Guy

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Assassin Inc


    Goodnight lads.

    Magscar did you post something about Blackberry Smoke few days back ?

    Hope yer well mate.

  • Online Guy

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Lesh ,

    Caught a few of your posts mate ..catching up.

    Hope her well.

    Sick of politics ..stick to music .

  • Online Guy

    Dec 15, 2019 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #27


  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 15, 2019 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Too much is being read into last evening’s result. While we converted ~100% of our scoring chances, our opponents were covering around 20% over the last little run. It is stretch to assume it could have been due to competence, brilliance or conscious strategy. Last evening’s result was exactly in line with what many of us thought before the match.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 15, 2019 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Not an enjoyable experience watching the team unable to move the ball forward with any quality or confidence.
    Time and again when trying to play out from the back we approached the half way line and at the first sign of a challenge bottled any forward thinking pass and played it backwards, ending up with the depressing hoof forward from Dubravka and the inevitable loss of possession.

    This is not the way PL football in 2019 is supposed to be played and yesterday was a huge exposure of what we are without the two lads who can at least run with the ball and take a few players out of the game , despite their lack of any real consistency in creating goal scoring opportunities. Very disappointing and depressing to watch.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 15, 2019 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #30


    I really wasn’t expecting that answer…..if there’s nothing about the club that you support, then, sadly, I guess there’s nothing really we have in common to converse over.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #31

    the only thing we’ve got going for us is we have assembled a group of players with a never say die attitude. that might just be enough to save us when our luck runs out. i can’t imagine them giving up the way mclaren’s team did. although I’d say this team is the worst one we’ve had in 20 years solely because of the manager who doesn’t seem to have any ideas at all. he might as well not be there. i bet all he does is tell them to work harder.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #32

    i’ve a bad feeling that lucky little run is going to be as good as it gets for bruce. so far we have given 3 points to most our relegation rivals, and they’ll be expecting another 3 later and most of them destroyed us. i’d say we only played half decent in one game and that was west ham. most other teams have had a field day against us.

    palace at home is a must win, they’re not that good, and it would be nice to deservedly win. 25 points and we are much closer to safety.

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Being able to string a series of successful passes seems to correlate quite well with a teams’ success. In terms of pass accuracy we are third bottom in EPL this season. Nor are we solid defensively except for a few fortuitous goal line saves and Dubravka’s amazing keeping. I’ll buy into Bruce’s ways that only when I see improvement in these counts.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #34

    in our last 5 games we’ve only got 2 home games – against tottenham and liverpool. our away games are man city, brighton, watford. i’d guess we have the hardest run in.

    we need to be 5 or 6 points clear of the pack with 5 games to go and hope we can pick up a couple of points in those games. we can’t be giving away points to all our rivals. there needs to be a plan B. plan A is s****.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Re House of Fraser, a customer tweeted: “What a depressing visit to @houseoffraser in Epsom today. Vast tracts of empty space, many brands gone and replaced by hideous Sports Direct-owned tat, gloom-ridden staff.

    “Our favourite department store has had it, by the look of things. A sad day…”

    There’s an obvious parallel here, I think!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #36

    we are only 2 players different to the team that was the 5th or 6th best in the league in the 2nd half of last season and they played some decent football. perez and rondon are the only players missing. surely they weren’t that good to make this much difference. and we didn’t have ASM or Willems last season who have been very good. could it be our manager is way out his depth?

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry NY Mag you’re probably gone now but the point of my “Bruce’s masterstroke” in bringing on Gayle isn’t simply dismissing the “tools he has to work with”, it’s actually pointing the situation out. The last manager was actively moving such tools out of the box but Bruce has, under Ashley and Charley’s instruction, had to put them all back in.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #38

    If we could do with anyone running out of jammyness ha ha it’s not Bruce, it’s Ashley. He must be hurling into his fireplace with glee at the way things have worked out. We are somehow on the board with points any other year in history we simply wouldn’t have gained and following the usual January furore over no transfers in we will be getting our “new signings” back from the injury repair shop. Cue long slide into the close season, silent but reasonably full sjp, Fraser Group all over the place and his own personal pooch coaching what he’s given and “open yer gob when I say so” remit fully nailed down.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #39

    I wonder what Ashley’s current thoughts on Joelinton are, Tsunki.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Yes indeed a proper tool indeed that Dwight Gayle. I could have scored there.


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