Steve Bruce spoke after the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal this evening. For much of the first half, we looked a very good side.
Bruce echoed that sentiment before admitting that the second-half display was uncharacteristically bad, especially defensively.
This is what he had to say as published in the Chronicle.
“I was extremely pleased with how we played in the first half. We defended well and looked a threat on the counter-attack.
“We had one or two opportunities where we didn’t take the right option at the end.
“I didn’t see that coming in the second half. We gave bad goals away which isn’t like us. We usually don’t give much away.
“When that fourth goal happens you think it wasn’t our day.”
Bruce continued in the same vein about the Jekyll and Hyde performance in the two halves. He again emphasized the poor defending and lack of resiliency which are uncommon for this team.
“We’ve played well enough in the first half. We’ve got to try and make sure we get to those levels.
“We never got anywhere near that in the second half and that is the disappointing thing for me.
“The goals we’ve given away aren’t us. The reason we’ve had a little bit of success is that resilience to defend and play against a team like we have done. We haven’t done enough.”
Lee Ryder also issued the following tweet about Ciaran Clark’s injury.
Steve Bruce on Clark injury: “He’s got a bad one. It doesn’t look good. By the state of his ankle, it looks pretty serious. We’ll know more in next 24-48 hours.”
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) February 16, 2020
The below tweet from Injury Mechanisms shows how badly Clark’s ankle is twisted under Bukayo Saka.
Left ankle injury for Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark. Forced inversion stress (rolls out). Worry lateral ankle sprain. Fracture is poss. Can also injure tendon.
Also potential right knee injury earlier. Leg rolled on from outside. Can stress inner knee [MCL]. #EPL #NUFC #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/9OZxRFalGv
— InjuryMechanisms (@IMechanisms) February 16, 2020
It doesn’t look good for the 30-year-old who’s been one of our most consistent performers this season.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Arsenal?
- A. Saint-Maximin (66%, 893 )
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- Martin Dubravka (4%, 55 )
- Joelinton (3%, 47 )
- Federico Fernandez (3%, 35 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 35 )
- Danny Rose (2%, 27 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (2%, 23 )
- Ciaran Clark (2%, 21 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 12 )
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