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Bruce To Have In-Depth Look At Chronic Problem

Steve Bruce has given his post-match interviews after what was a good point at Wolves this afternoon. However, it was again a game disrupted by early injuries.

The past six weeks has been so frustrating with muscle injuries and it’s likely cost us a number of points. That includes today as Newcastle looked ready to take on Wolves with an early lead.

However, Paul Dummett coming off led to a shuffling of the backline right before a corner kick that resulted in a Wolves goal. We also lost all of our attacking prowess once Dwight Gayle went off in the 28th minute. The 29-year-old was causing problems and looked very sharp before injuring his groin.

An inquest has to be done to find out what is behind this ridiculous situation with injuries. It’s become untenable and serious questions need to be asked about the training sessions as well as the facilities.

The Chronicle have published these comments from a proud but very frustrated Steve Bruce:

“I thought we looked very, very dangerous and scored a great goal.

“Unfortunately, and I never really try to make injuries a thing as they’re part and parcel of the game, to lose two and maybe lost three as Joelinton is nowhere near fit but managed to carry on.

When you take a look at the problems we’ve had. I’ve never experienced in the 40 years the problems we’ve had. Nearly having to make three subs before 40 minutes again is ridiculous.

“So look, we’ll have an in-depth look at it and now we’ve got 10, 12 injuries. When you look at all the problems we’ll take a point here and the resilience was there to be seen.

“We lacked a bit of quality but their effort and endeavor to get a point was excellent and I’m delighted we got one.”

We’ll take the point today under the adverse circumstances. However, Wolves were there for the taking today and Newcastle looked primed to get a massive three points at Molineux.

However, we’ve had a major setback with two injuries that killed our promising start. We remain in the 13th place as the bottom half of the table has barely changed after today’s result.

Tomorrow we could see some teams below us make up major ground depending on how Aston Villa, Bournemouth, and Watford fare.

Who Was The Man Of The Match In Draw At Wolves?

  • Martin Dubravka (52%, 1,112 )
  • Miguel Almiron (43%, 932 )
  • Matty Longstaff (1%, 27 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 25 )
  • Andy Carroll (1%, 11 )
  • Isaac Hayden (0%, 7 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 6 )
  • Ciaran Clark (0%, 6 )
  • Paul Dummett (0%, 4 )
  • Dwight Gayle (0%, 4 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 4 )
  • Sean Longstaff (0%, 4 )
  • Federico Fernandez (0%, 3 )
  • Florian Lejeune (0%, 2 )

Total Voters: 2,147

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78 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Muscle injuries aren’t bad luck, they come from injured players being rushed back too soon, players not being warmed up properly pre-match by the coaches or by incorrect training in the week before a match.

    If someone breaks a leg, snaps an acl etc then that is bad luck.

    Either the fitness team don’t know their jobs well enough or Bruce hasn’t ignored they advice.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #2


  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Villa have Man City at home
    A draw between B’Mouth and Watford would be nice

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #4

    The neggers would seem to be clutching at any straws to slag off the latest hate figure
    You’ve gotta love social media

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Of course, climbing in and out of those big blue barrels not helping bit of a bummer.

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. Didn’t get to watch the last 3 matches and only the first half of todays. Thought Almiron was great. If he bags a few more this year I suspect he will have some bigger clubs asking about him.

  • Reilly

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Look at the clubs bruce has managed.The bloke runs his players into the ground.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib you the lowest in a minority mate take off the dark glasses see the light do you some good.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #9


  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Well Done to Bruce and the players, considering we have got so many injuries, that was a very good effort today.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Almiron will be off to Real Madrid. They were linked with him in the summer.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Time to open a bottle and join Welshy.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t keep playing Joelinton up front on his own. Never works. I’d put him on the right wing.

  • Just a fan

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Stay is not a rubbish player he just makes rubbish decisions.
    A thank you to jib for the link

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone who is not negative about all things NUFC at the moment doesn’t care too much for the club!
    WTF are you optimistic about you fckin cretin!

  • kc2012

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    How are people blaming Steve Bruce for these injuries lol,

    Is he part of the medical staff now? The bloke picks what he has available in front of him. These are top level elite athletes who should be able to play a 90 minute football match every week when passed as fit to play.

    I played football full time for nearly 12 years and never once following an injury has a manager been able to override what the medical staff have advised and picked me to play a game whilst still in recovery, so blaming Bruce for rushing premier league footballers back too soon is hilarious, it just doesn’t work like that. Not even in the lower leagues in Uganda would it work like that.

    You can pull a muscle just getting out of bed, it happens. Strange situation our injuries yes and the medical and fitness personnel need to be looked at but unless Brucie has physically run upto the lads and booted them then it’s not his fault.

    Maybe he should rest the squad for the rest of the season now and pick random people off the street to play so he can protect the squad. Then when we get beat 400-0 our fans can still blame him for that too.

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #17


    Steve Bruce says Dwight Gayle is not for sale in the January transfer window.
    The Toon boss woke up to headlines suggesting Gayle has a £20million price tag – payable at the end of the season – for those clubs who want him on loan.
    But Bruce, who started Gayle against Wolves with the striker providing an assist, shut down talk of an exit.
    He said: “How many times?
    “ I just said to the press yesterday . I’ve been asked this question time and time again. Why am I going to let him go on loan? And to where?
    Gayle had been linked with Nottingham Forest and Leeds recently.
    Bruce said: “I’ve waited for him for two and a half months because he’s been injured, then the team has done OK so he’s found it a struggle to get in.
    “I’ve started him twice in the last four or five games! He was excellent today.
    “He’s not going anywhere, it’s quite simple.”

  • jane

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #18

    feeling confident for Rochdale now.

  • c-dog

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Hope Gayle is back soon but looks bad considering his record. A better option than Joelinton for sure.

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #20

    The last time Wolves were at home in the PL (just after Xmas)
    They beat Man City 3 – 2

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #21

    I wonder if Bruce has decided to drop the target man and go with Gayle or Muto up top to try and run in behind, or come short for the ball and link up with others, with Carroll as plan B, and Joel playing in the wider withdrawn attacking role competing with Miggy and St Max.

    Makes much more sense than just playing to a lone target man if you can’t get the players up in support. Dropping off then hitting it long to Joel or Carroll with no one up and in support was always pretty thin.

    The ball really needs to initially go to the advanced wing backs or the withdrawn attackers, or a central striker dropping off, rather than pumped long, unless it’s in behind for someone more mobile and pacier like Gayle or Muto to run in behind and latch on to.

    That would suit us quite well, but you want a better small fast striker than Gayle or Muto to play up top as first choice, I suppose.

  • c-dog

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22


    As soon As Clark returns the backline is sorted

  • jane

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Possession – Wolves 65% Newcastle 35%
    Shots – Wolves 9 Newcastle 5
    Shots on Target – Wolves 4 Newcastle 1
    Corners – Wolves 5 Newcastle 2
    Fouls – Wolves 13 Newcastle 12

  • c-dog

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Schar and Fernandez is a horror partnership

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Liverpool with the best start to a season of any team in the history of Europe’s top five leagues
    with 61 points from 21 matches

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #26

    See that young player at Rochdale is being tracked by man utd and liverpool so bruce dont even look at him you got no chamce

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Thought the Longstaffs did well, along with Hayden at makeshift RWB.

    I like Sean a lot, and think he’s suffered this term from not playing alongside Hayden, but that was better from the two brothers in tandem today.

    It’s good to have Matty’s energy and hustle in there and forward passing, along with with Sean’s more measured central midfield game, but it’s a concern because they have such little top flight experience, both individually and as a partnership, but that was better from the pair of them today.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #28

    They’ll be the Invincibles 2 jib

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Hayden handles himself well in after match interviews. Impressive young man.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Nicky, I’d prefer a fast big ‘Un up top than a fast small one.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Nicky, agree. He’s very articulate intelligent and composed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Canny point today, shame a display like that always has to come after a shambles though. I think we better get used to it.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Yeah, a big fast mobile goalscoring centre forward would certainly be great, and pretty much top of any manager’s wish list.

  • dougie

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Woo hoo let’s all celebrate and clap each other on the back because we didn’t get a hiding off the mighty Wolves.Pathetic and embarrassing.Welcome to the parasites horror show.Anyone who attends St James Infirmary needs to have a good long look at what they are supporting because it’s a joke.

  • jane

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #35

    i wouldn’t be surprised if Hayden becomes a manager.

  • c-dog

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Stuart Pearse, Paulo Di Caneo and Gustavo Poyet(who was caught taking a dump on the oppositions dressing room floor pre match) became managers

  • jane

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #37

    “Hi All,

    1) …when Crystal Palace players and staff arrived to the Amex and went into their dressing room, they found themselves in a very uncomfortable situation, for some reason that still no clear to me , someone during the day had access to the away dressing room and done something terrible, trying to upset everyone related to Palace. To say it in clear English, someone had a ‘poo’ all outside the toilets, over and around the toilets.

    Now, after careful consideration, and even after a meeting with the Chairman who assured me that MY REPUTATION IS INTACT, I feel that I must express my anger that anyone inside this organisation thought they could interfere with it.

    I am angry that someone within this club could endanger our good reputation and stoop so low – did they imagine that this would affect the Crystal Palace players – well it possible did – it may just have fired them up even more.

    Well someone made a very bad decision and I think it is time to stand up and take responsibility – not just the culprit but those employees who are supposed to make our stadium safe and secure. Surely changing rooms are high up on securities check lists???

    Surely someone should lose their job to allow such a breach of security – they do not deserve to be part of this club!…

    2)…would someone like to admit it was their idea to hand out stupid pieces of noise-making paper – can I tell you it was an extremely silly idea and the result was an annoying noise – I am not for one minute blaming the result of the game on this, but it added only negative vibes to the proceedings along with the rubbish filled balloons that littered the pitch.

    My team of players and staff have worked hard this season and I do not appreciate negative actions from others within the club…whoever you are, you let the club down very badly.

    Gus Poyet”


  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    The last 2 games Hayden has knuckled down and played CB and RWB
    without complaint and done both well , shows a great attitude.
    It’s hard to believe he and Dougie are the same species

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Hayden is our most reliable, consistent player. Ridiculous he hasn’t had a an England callup when players like Delph routinely get picked.

  • dougie

    Jan 11, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #40

    The injury crisis at the club is unprecedented and can only be down to a skeleton squad, piss poor management and a training regime that is not fit for purpose.Serious upgrades are needed all over the pitch but the parasite won’t spend a penny because he thinks it’s job done and we’re safe.Sports Direct FC is a pathetic shadow of NUFC and the parasite is over the moon how the seasons panning out.


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