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Steve Bruce Accepts Fault In Handling Of Returning Magpie


Steve Bruce has spoken about the plight of Florian Lejeune over the past couple of matches. The Frenchman came back against Crystal Palace two weeks ago after being out over eight months with his second cruciate ligament injury in ten months.

Due to a shortage of defenders with Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, and Jamaal Lascelles all unavailable over the hectic holiday period, Florian was asked to play four games in ten days.

While he made it through the matches without getting injured, it proved not to be a sage decision. Florian was asked to play twice in 48hrs at Manchester United on Boxing day and then against Everton this past Saturday.

The 28-year-old was way off the pace against Everton. Bruce ended up substituting him late in the second half. Lejeune even took to social media to issue an explanation for his tired performance.


However, despite that, Lejeune was back in the starting eleven on New Year’s Day against Leicester City. In our opinion, that was pushing it a little too far.

Lejeune ended up making two very costly mental errors that resulted in goals for the Foxes. We felt terribly for Florian as he hung his head in dismay after both goals.

Bruce has spoken to BBC Newcastle about his decision to play Lejeune on Wednesday. As he was with Allan Saint-Maximin, who injured himself in the 95th minute against Southampton, the head coach expressed regret with how he handled Florian.

Matthew Raisbeck has tweeted some of Bruce’s response to Florian Lejeune’s errors on Wednesday.

We see no way in which Bruce will play Lejeune in tomorrow’s match at Rochdale, although we thought that would be the case for Wednesday.

If reports are correct, Bruce has brought two center-backs from the U23s in Ludwig Francillette and Lewis Cass to travel with the squad.

He also spoke in his press conference this morning about using Emil Krafth as a center back. So Florian should get the rest he needs and will hopefully be back to his old self at Molineux next weekend.


65 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Lilo

    How about he wears a really heavy strong cast for accidental forearm smashes.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #2

    EGB,
    It depends if he is playing against the youngster we are meant to be tracking!! Even the stepping stone line might not salvage a deal with a broken nose and cheekbone!

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #3

    I see with Bruce
    “a couple of irons in the fire”
    has become
    “a couple of plates spinning”

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Lilo

    Yeah I suppose it was an over the top suggestion, although!!!!

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined AC Milan at 38 years of age !

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib,
    Course I have, but you know full well you give it back and enjoy it! You might get 404 errors for mistypes (assuming that is the website not found error?), but google and autocorrect can recognise them, and we all know what he meant! Don’t agree with what Anglo called you, but you know there was a part of you being antagonistic with that post!

    And I have picked up on Toon22’s comments in the past as well.

    Never been fussed who is on whose side on here, and I have regularly disagreed with both sides of several arguments or sniping.

    Weird thing is, I’m quite balanced on here, but I know that if people said some of the stuff on here to me in person, I would most definitely look to play devils advocate and wind them up….

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I feel a certain schadenfreude at Harry Kane’s torn hamstring
    Does that make me a bad person ?

    5
  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve Bruce will be going around the bedrooms in a Rochdale hotel
    tucking the players in – they have an early start tomorrow.
    I know Andy Carroll likes to be read a few pages of Winnie the Pooh
    before turning the lights off.

    2
  • toon22

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve seen 2 ppl post a link with media.gettysimages

    Go take a look and try it

    4
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #10

    On injuries, I think Wesley and Heaton being out for the season puts a nail in their coffin. Kodija is not as good as Wesley, not a million miles away, but Heaton is the crucial one for them. He will be a huge loss, and unless he is replaced well this month, it will cost them points.

    3
  • toon22

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t take mine or anyone else’s word for it
    Go take a look

    You’ll see what I mean

    3
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib,
    Reminds me of the Italia 90 story with Gazza, where he sneaked out and plaued a doubles tennis match on his own against an American couple. Legged it back and pretended to be asleep when Bobby got wind and came striding towards the courts!

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned but Tom Allan is the U23s team captain, so he’ll add some leadership skills to the team!

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib says a lot about your character (schadenfreude) pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib

    Re Zlatan, I’d take him on loan for us in a flash, still a top class player, good move by AC Milan!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah its tricky, but it seems to me if we do want to put out our most senior possible starting 11, and there’s a decent argument to say we should, given the nature of the tie. then it’s most likely gonna be 442. I don’t see that 11 lining up much differently.

    ………………Darlow.
    Krafth…Hayden…Fede…Yedlin.
    Atsu…..Matty…..Sean……Muto.
    ………Gayle……Carroll.

    Maybe,
    ………………Darlow.
    Krafth…Hayden…Fede…Yedlin.
    ………………….Sean.
    …………Matty…………Atsu….
    …..Gayle…………………….Muto.
    ………………..Carroll.

    but that’s quite open, and attacking, probably too much so.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Wonder if Florian is feeling a bit of schadenfreude, bet he is!!

    2
  • JohnReese

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Lilongwe, hard to disagree with you. Heaton is certainly a leader in their team as well. It was similar during his time at Burnley, whenever he was out the team played a lot worse, prior to Pope’s emergence.

    I see reports that they’re hoping to be busy in the window but I’ve also heard a lot about them being on the verge of failing FFP for the last period so I’m not sure how much leeway they have to bring players in to replace them.

    2
  • JohnReese

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #19

    You also have to look at Bournemouth, some key defenders out injured and they’ve been on a pretty shambolic run of form also.

    It’s either going to be one of the mad windows with lots of movement or it’ll be a complete anticlimax with a few loans here and there.

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Nicky

    Either of those teams look good but I’d definitely find a place for Allan, instead of Gayle perhaps.

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Anglo Saxon
    You didn’t have to google it for me
    I knew what it meant

    3
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Nicky,
    If we do go 442 and with your choice of players in line up 1, then I think I would feel more comfortable with Yedlin right side. He rarely tackles with his left, and seems to prefer a wrong footed lunge/poke if he is caught wrong sided. I can see it costing us set pieces.

    However, I haven’t seen enough of Krafth to think he doesn’t do the same, but I do think he is more disciplined, and would be more capable of holding his position, standing his man up/staying on his feet.

    Also, Yedlin on the right/Krafth left will offer more offensively than Krafth right/Yedlin left. Yedlin will offer more on the overlap or going into space than Krafth. Yedlin on the left will want to narrow the game by coming in on his right, which I think will suit Rochdale more.

    Not sure either would be comfortable at left back, but Yedlin in his natural role sounds a better fit.

    2
  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Federico Fernandez while at Getafe started and played a full 90 minutes once as RB and twice as LB

    2
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #24

    JohnReese,
    Haven’t looked at Bournemouth much, but interesting if that is the case. Even more interesting if the big bids come in for Ake.

    Villa are gambling, following the QPR model I reckon. If they spend big this window, and go down, it will be a free for all on Mings, Grealish, McGinn, Hourihane and a couple of others.

    We should have gone all out for Grealish when we came up last time, it wasn’t the most popular suggestion I’ve ever made on here, but he has had a touch of class always, and that first year in the Championship really seemed to help him develop the maturity and mentality that had seen him overlooked, despite the talent.

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Ich spreche fließend deutsch

    0
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib taxi driver in Germany was you.

    3
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #27

    EGB,
    Have you watched much of Allan? Hardly seen him personally, so curious to know if you have and what his key attributes are.

    Would you give Sorenson a run?

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  • Toonces

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Heads up for members of the blog in the USA, tomorrow’s FA cup match will be live streamed on ESPN+ if you are interested in an authorized stream.

    ESPN+ seems to have a livestream for all of the FA cup fixtures.

    3
  • lochinvar

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Bruce may well be missing the experience of some backroom staff that Rafa had. Doubt that Lejune will have full fitness much before next season so is bound to be off the pace needed for the Premiership.
    Ashley probably saved money when replacing Rafa’s team with The Three Steve’s and guess what it hasn’t worked. Cheapskate.

    2
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Rochdale v Newcastle
    Bein sport mena 11
    bein sports mena 2
    BT sports 1

    1
  • cyprus

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Random thoughts:
    Was that Lejeune’s worst game in an NUFC shirt? Yep. But the other players were out of sorts too.

    I think we’ll need to start playing football for a change. Pressing, being available for the ball, actually passing the ball.

    And figuring out how to do something we’ve long forgotten. Holding on to the ball. I think it’s called possession.

    We need ASM back and Ritchie too. Fernandez is the best of the standing defenders, Schar and Lejeune shouldn’t both play, when everyone is available. Best three there, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark.

    And, of course, we need to get some very good players in, soon. Joelington has been trying, but, unfortunately for him, 40 million should buy a ready striker.

    A positive: still have more points than recent years. But we’re using up our credit.

    Tomorrow? Play the kids, maybe some starlet(s) will step up.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 3, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib
    Here’s a word you’ll need to look up. Epicaricacy 😉

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #33

    As Lilo pointed out these 3rd tier clubs are full of old pros
    who have been round the block a few times and know every
    trick in the book.

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib
    What you got against Harry Kane? You really are an odd fcker!

    2
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #35

    cyprus Yo, Doktor Schadenfreud! Your epicene epicaricacy is peeking out from under your leiderschaftslos lederhosen.

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Anyway, we’re gonna be ok! Bruce has got a couple of plates spinning! What a joke of a club we are!

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Lilo
    No I haven’t but he’s been getting good reports from his games, although I’ve seen some of his goals in U23 highlights, he knows where the net is!!

    I wouldn’t start Sorensen, but yes if he’s in the squad I’d like to see him get a run out at some point.

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Moonraker15

    Someone tell the above what NUFC fans have against Harry Kane please

    3
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    cyprus good word here’s another
    There’s an emotion, a very common emotion, for which there’s no word in English (other than perhaps the extremely obscure and pronunciation-hobbled epicaricacy), an emotion that is all about taking pleasure in others’ misfortune or suffering

    0
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s an ancient Greek word GOOD FIND CYPRUS.

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