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Steve Bruce Cites Two Areas Of Concern After Palace Defeat



It has become quite evident that Steve Bruce has to make some drastic changes to this system. Newcastle just have nothing to offer in the final third.

When you combine that with a weak midfield and a defense that has become far too open, you get thoroughly outplayed by a team that hadn’t won in eight games.

This was another performance that was lacking in all areas, and it falls directly on the shoulders of the head coach to find some solutions.

Steve Bruce spoke after the dismal 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. The Chronicle have published much of his post-match comments.

Bruce may have finally come to the conclusion that a change may be necessary. He said the following about possibly making a change after seeing his team be second-best all afternoon:

“The better team won, we have had decent possession, but we gave the ball away too cheaply, especially when in good areas.

“We didn’t ask questions, maybe it is a time to change – we have to score to win a game.

“It was difficult with the conditions, but we have no complaints saying the better team won.”

This was a match that Newcastle needed a result from. They also needed to show a reaction from last week’s performance against Arsenal in the second half.

That didn’t happen, and once again, Newcastle came out of the break and were dominated by their opponents. It was another game that ended in a whimper with no rousing charge for an equalizer to end the game.


Bruce spoke about a couple of areas where he was most disappointed in the lads. For anyone who watched the game, it’s not hard to figure out what that was.

“We are disappointed that the big Achilles heel was obvious, giving the ball away so cheaply, especially in the final third.

“We never really asked their defenders to defend properly, and maybe it is time to change and look at something different. Our final ball and our final cross has been lacking.”

Newcastle were sloppy in possession and bereft of quality in the final third. But for Martin Dubravka and Crystal Palace also being wayward in front of goal, this could have been another onslaught.

The head coach did commend his team for not giving up, which they didn’t. However, that does little good when you can’t score a goal. Newcastle had just two shots on target, and both were from long range.

Bruce spoke about the trouble creating quality chances and how that was such a problem today.

“The one thing they didn’t do was give up, and that’s not a problem. But we have to have more of a threat to win matches in the Premier League.

“Arsenal and Palace away, both are not easy games, but we didn’t cause enough problems in the final third, and that’s what we have got to try and address.”

It was like a broken record watching Newcastle this afternoon. They were sloppy in possession and created nothing in front of goal. At least Steve Bruce recognizes that. Now it’s up to him to get it sorted out before we drift further into trouble.

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112 comments so far

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Mad Frog …kaput. Too much, this is just too much…Ashley please save me!

    1
  • JDdubai

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    We give the ball away coz there is no-one to aim for when we get it – everyone is within 30 yards of our goal with a CF isolated vs 3 defenders.

    Time for a change, it was time to change pre-Xmas.

    Bruce was a dinosaur in the 00s, now he is pre pre-historic in his approach, big bang era.

    Can see his “change” being Gayle isolated in the same formation, that will do it!

    8
  • geordiesteve520

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #3

    If they’re not:
    1) His tactics and
    2) His coaching ability

    Then there’s something wrong.

    6
  • lesh

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Two areas of concern? Ashley and Ashley

    6
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Two areas of concern.

    1. Crap system that doesn’t work being used every single game by a pathetic dinosaur manager.

    2. The club is still owned by the school bully who treats the fans like little flies who he enjoys pulling the wings off.

    22
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #6

    The one thing that was obvious after half-time that the players had been told
    was to keep the ball on the deck
    However
    Surely pro footy players don’t have to be told that
    If you are playing when it’s blowing a hooley you don’t punt the ball

    5
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Ok jib so your logical appraisal is that those who said Bruce’s appointment signalled a downfall in quality and expectation and outlined what would happen are LESS knowledgeable than those who slowly realise they have been hoodwinked?

    Get in! Top blagger award for you! 🙂

    26
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    i just hope one day we can be like Burnley or Crystalboy, now we can not compete with those big guys. Ashley save us, please!

    2
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #9

    The Welsh are such bad losers

    1
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #10

    And there was no “instant hate” of Bruce. Just acknowledgement of why he was and what he was. Stop trying to make those who spelled out the reality into hysterical ragers already – it’s one thing to be wrong, another to blame others for it.

    21
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Now we have to hope the points we have are enough.

    4
  • fairscup

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #12

    They p1ss around with it at the back for a couple of minutes then give it to Dubs who bangs it up the pitch even when we are losing. FFS tactics?

    2
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    JIB

    Its tough having to stay positive after yet another abysmal performance
    Yet you still try to

    How many season tickets do you think he will shift next season with the rubbish on offer ?
    Now thats he made sure they are worthless

    12
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki
    You went into whine mode before a ball had been kicked
    Different attitudes
    I said give him a chance
    You changed your avatar to mock him
    clever lad

    3
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    JIB

    Are you saying the fans who dont like the rubbish on offer are to blame for the rubbish thats currently on offer ?
    Blame the fans ?

    Well done

    25
  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Two areas of concern.

    My son is a big mouth idiot.
    And I don’t know what the fcuk I’m doing.

    Thanks for being honest Steve.

    9
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    We have a pretty ugly group t he bottom now. West ham villa and Watford will start busting a gut for fourth bottom place, Bournemouth and Brighton likewise to get some air between them. Three more points needed I think.

    2
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    JIB

    If only all of the fans had just went along with Jabbas scheme to rob the club for another 13 years
    If they just sat happily watching the worst football in the clubs history
    Its shocking 10k decided not to renew their season tickets

    Its their fault ??

    12
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Poor penalty.

    0
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    I mentioned the other day that I love the gallows humour of NUFC fans.

    My Dad, who is recovering from a 3 hour operation to take bone from his hip, and use it to help fuse two vertebrae together, just text me to say

    “Well the operation was the second most painful thing I’ve been through this week, the first is that MA still hasn’t fu**ing done one”

    Oddly when I was there they got him up and trying to walk for the first time and he looked more mobile than half of our squad lately.

    16
  • fairscup

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Going for a drink now.

    4
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Or are you desperately trying to defend Jabbas ownership of the club ?
    Blame anyone or anything

    What we need is a another solid 5 year plan , that’ll fix everything

    16
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #23

    toon22
    The definition of irrelevancy

    2
  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Lesh…….. I didn’t suggest we get a young inexperienced manager in. I said a modern thinking progressive one of which there are several in the PL who are not young but doing OK with worse squads than ours.

    0
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    70% off
    Everything must go
    Sale ends soon

    24/7/365

    8
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #26

    JIB

    Have you managed to explain what we should be positive about yet ?
    Must have missed it

    You trying to say its the fans fault for the mess the clubs in and we should be positive about it ?

    16
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Job as ever you act thick when it suits. The avatar mocked the entire situation, still does. That was Bruce in his heyday. What do we have now you’ve given him your chance? Another year of giving Ashley a breather, well done, well done. You’re sick because the situation some of us predicted – not “whined” about – is inevitably drawing to its conclusion. At best a mid to lower table finish. Another nothing season. Go back and look at the posts at the start of the season you dolt.

    14
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    droppy was your dad in the shipyards ?
    there’s a compo scheme if his back is the result of industrial bad practise

    0
  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Time for change?
    Three things need changing.
    The owner, manager and the team.
    Predictable rubbish, expect more of the same in our next game.

    9
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #30

    bettyswallocks

    The problem is that kind of manager isnt going to join us
    We will end any hope of a career in football management
    Jabba will mug him off in ways he woudnt have thought possible
    Chew him up and spit him out

    Its been proven legally, in court

    18
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib saying that a fan concerned enough about the state of his club to be vocal about it is a detriment to that club. Right up Mike’s street, amongst other things.

    18
  • Uncertain Toon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Shit or bust 433 for rest of season

    0
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Why does the fat tw@t make us go through this year after year is he a narcissist as well?

    2
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #34

    JIB

    Ahh start an argument
    Thats not been tried before

    LOL

    Very poor Lee, might need to get Keith to drop some help in for you

    12
  • geordietom

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #35

    For example, a sending off due to a second yellow card will result in a one-match ban, as will a red card received for a professional foul. Dissent leading to a red card will generally earn a two-match ban, while violent conduct can be punished with a suspension for three games.

    0
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib

    No he was RAF and gets a bloody good pension from them.

    Just one of those things with his back it’s more likely hereditary so I will have to be careful as I’m a fat get.

    1
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Leic City vs man City 0 – 0 after 70 minutes
    LPool must be laughing their cocks off

    0
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Droppy I’d rather suffer the pain of having a kidney out than watch any more of these displays. And I’ve only got one left. 🙂

    7
  • geordietom

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #39

    #flushthefrog#

    0
  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Said he wanted to sell
    Buyer meets asking price and puts money on the table

    Lets just pretend he couldnt get the sale over the line again

    Its not what the year round sale signs are supposed to achieve

    13


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