Steve Bruce spoke after the 0-0 draw against Norwich City at St James Park this afternoon. It was another poor performance in which Martin Dubravka and the defense kept the team in the game.
However, there were no late-game heroics this time out. In fact, the lads didn’t even create a chance in the final stretch, as Norwich pressed for a winner.
It’s a clean sheet, and we’ve only conceded five goals in the last seven games in all competitions. However, we’ve looked anemic in attack other than the 4-1 win against Rochdale at St James Park.
The point moves Newcastle up four places into the top half of the table for the time being. We did see two debuts with Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose coming on in the second half. Other than those small positives, it was an otherwise miserable afternoon.
Steve Bruce said as much after the match as he conceded that the lads did not play very well. This is what he said after the match about the performance on the club’s Twitter account:
“I think it’s important, when you play so poorly, that you don’t get beat. That’s the only positive along with the introduction of the three new lads who will certainly help us.”
Bruce went on to state the obvious about the woeful attacking display this afternoon. This is what he had to say about the lack of creativity going forward:
“From the off, especially in forward areas, we looked tired and jaded. Overall, you take it, you move on and get ready for Tuesday.
“We must offer more on the counter attack and I think that’s been missing in the last couple of weeks in particular.”
We have to be better on Tuesday at Oxford or we’ll be out before the Fifth Round of the FA Cup once again. Bruce will have few options going forward as it’s likely to be too early for Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto with Gayle still unavailable well into this month.
Newcastle have just been so stale in the final third that Bruce may have to think about tweaking the system again. He was asked about the formation, but doesn’t seem too keen on messing around with it at the moment:
“It’s something which eventually I will do. I’ve changed us three times this year and we’ve been badly beaten so it’s that balance.
“I think they’re comfortable with the way we play, certainly defensively, but we’ve got to offer more up the pitch.”
We hope to see a far better display on Tuesday at the Kassam Stadium. However, if we don’t sort out the lack of goals it could be another early FA Cup exit.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Draw Against Norwich?
- Martin Dubravka (70%, 1,162 )
- A. Saint-Maxmin (9%, 142 )
- Federico Fernandez (5%, 87 )
- Joelinton (5%, 82 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 53 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (2%, 29 )
- Ciaran Clark (2%, 28 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 22 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 14 )
- Valentino Lazaro (1%, 12 )
- Danny Rose (1%, 12 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 10 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 9 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (0%, 7 )
Total Voters: 1,669