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Reporter Indicates Bruce Will Abandon Having Five At The Back For Burnley


Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has tweeted that Steve Bruce is planning on moving away from a back five against Burnley tomorrow.

We would assume Downie is referencing moving to a back four like Bruce did at Leicester City in September. While we were thrashed 5-0 in that match playing a 4-2-3-1, there were a lot of other factors that led to the thrashing.

One of which was the lads showed no resolve to get back into the game after Ricardo Pereira’s early goal. Then, of course, Isaac Hayden received a straight red for his tackle on Dennis Praet.

Our assumption was Bruce would transition to the 5-3-2 he used at the start of the season and has implemented a few times since, albeit with little success.

However, Bruce is apparently working on several systems that he could deploy in the coming weeks.

The Athletic’s Chris Waugh also tweeted some of Bruce’s comments on a possible formation change but doesn’t specifically mention switching to a back four.

We’ll find out soon enough what formation Bruce goes with tomorrow. One thing is for sure, he needs to try something to get this team scoring some goals.

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79 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Hallelujah!

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Is the reason we don’t pass the ball o each other down to the corona virus too?

    And since say Bruce isn’t foward thinking

    2
  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    4 at the back, and, drop Bentaleb & Joelinton… yes please.

    4
  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    AncientC
    The thinking behind 4 at the back is to play further up the park and
    get more support for Joelinton

    3
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    hes going to play nine at the back instead
    🙁

    12
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Carrol will be ringing in sick tomorrow with the coronavirus (or a corona headache)

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Sales of Corona in the States are down – apparently.

    4
  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib

    If the thinking behind playing 4 at the back is to play further up the park and get more support for Joelinton, isn’t that likely to expose the defender’s frailties?

    4
  • G

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    To be fair Ron Knee, it’s a pretty gash excuse for a beer anyway.

    1
  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    @8

    *….expose the defence’s frailties?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    I feel so much more confident that Brucie, after thirty odd games has a: realised we don’t score enough goals and most importantly b: Devised a way of sorting it out.

    5
  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Ron Knee

    @7

    You could almost hear the ‘Coors’ after your Corona comment

    2
  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail for Ashle

    Maybe the new under 23 coach’s told him how

    3
  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    lesh
    It allows Hayden to play his best role as a DM sitting in front
    of the back four breaking up Burnley’s attacks

    1
  • #cans

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Bruce should drop Linton to bench for tomorrow

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    So are we going to see a loanee free team on Saturday with Ritchie as LB and Manquillo at RB. At least with Manquillo he’s going to be playing for a bumper deal somewhere. If Rose gets it in to his head that the England ship has sailed, he knows he’s going back to Spurs to sit in the reserves collecting his 50K a week and could become a massive liability in the team.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    #cans,
    He’s not allowed to, Churnley gets the team sheet before it’s handed in to the FA.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    And what of Krafth, does he become back up to Yedlin next year, another that has been offered a new disimproved contract offer and whom is determined to run down his contract.

    1
  • magpie0722

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #19

    We’re moving from five at the back, what ? every time Iv’e watched us play its been nine at the back, maybe that’s where you’ve been going wrong Steve, that and only playing with ten men (Joelinton not included). You’ve got the players to play 443, just keep Joelinton away from the stadium and we might just stand a chance of doing something.

    2
  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib, Joelinton has already had plenty of good chances, and besides, I thought Joelinton wasn’t a striker? So what is this “getting support to Joelinton” idea all about?

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Or have they spotted the new 21 year old African Krafth playing in the Belgian league, doesn’t speak a word of English and has been guaranteed game time. Nice six year deal on low wages should keep him motivated enough to get a move elsewhere, however should he realise he’s way out of his depth and not good enough to get a move elsewhere at least his English will improve and he’s not costing us too much.

    5
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Steve Bruce sky sports news re covid-19 we are doing all we can regarding the spread of this virus we stopped shaking hands on the training pitch. I kid you not.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Ancient,
    DCL and Richarlson have been outstanding for you of late, I’m going completely maverick tonight, if it doesn’t pull off I’ve hot a long wait till Sunday.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Praise Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2
  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail, I see The Next Mike Williamson has the top FF points for February in Ed’s league, and he’s breached the top 40. Could be a dark horse for the home stretch.

    I played my wild card this week; with Man City having no games, it was time for De Bruyne to go.

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Bruce abandoning 5 at the back
    For 6 at the back

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    No shaking hands? What’s up with just using alcohol gel at the entrance, it costs too much and AC keeps drinking it.

    7
  • IrishRob

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #28

    I have my doubts whether it will change much though, because to me everytime I’ve looked at the lines we are holding on the pitch it always looks like we are playing 3 at the back while defending and 5 in mf while attacking.

    Maybe I’m seeing things arseways Saturday will tell a lot.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Charlie the EXACT same thing came into my head when I read that formation lol

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    AncientC,
    You’ve got rid of ginger Kev??? Noooo, that’s sacrilege, what about his double GW coming up?

    1
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #31

    So if we’re dropping the back 5 and assuming Joel makes the starting 11, how do you reckon we’ll turn out formation wise?

    1
  • IrishRob

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Just a thought imagine if some remaining fixtures were cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Scary thought if you’re already in the bottom 3 when/if it happens. As I dont see them replaying them in the summer.

    I imagine if they cancel the remaining fixtures at any point between now and the end of the season there wont be replays and the positions you hold at that time will go down as your final finishing position.

    2
  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    I didn’t know there was a double game week coming. I can still use my wildcard, so, back to the drawing board.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Jimmy Mac74,
    It has to be 4-4-2 if he’s planning on playing Joelinton and Gayle, all very well talking about scoring we have to contain Burnley as well. They know all about us as well after that borefest at Burnley I was unlucky enough to attend.

    1
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #35

    Irishrob

    Interesting question.

    They are most likely to play behind closed doors first and foremost but if that became impossible then who knows what crazy plan they have in place.

    I might just google it and see if there’s anything in place.

    1
  • Jimmy Mac74

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    A couple of seasons ago after promotion, we done well playing a 4-4-1-1 formation..
    Dubs
    Yedlin – Lascelles – Lejuene/Clarke – Dummet
    Richie – Shelvey – Diame/Hayden – Kennedy/Atsu
    Perez
    Gayle

    Surely we have comparable personnel now?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #37

    I thought you said you used your wildcard? All the teams that blank this week end will play a double at some stage

    2
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 28, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Irishrob

    It’s kind of as I thought re Coronavirus.

    Nothing in place currently but the likeliest thing is behind closed doors games.

    Only 13 confirmed cases from over 6000 tests in the uk so far though.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #39

    This virus thing has already cost me a weeks work, should have gone back on Tuesday for a week but the list of countries where you can’t have been, Thailand was on there. So the Mrs was saying about this Bundesliga trip of mine, if a outbreak happens there it gets added to the list of countries you can’t have been to. I’m thinking it’s best to stay in Blighty until all this is over.

    1
  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #40

    do one dinosaur …

    i like you have a cruise booked for april with TUI , i recon the they will suspend cruise’s for the immediate future . if you or i cancel we will lose all the money we have paid for the cruise , i’m just hanging fire for now see how it play’s out …

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