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Things Were Strange Yesterday But Not Newcastle – Who Looked A Classy Side In 3-0 Win

Newcastle looked fit and strong in yesterday’s fabulous 3-0 win at home against the high-flying Sheffield United.

It was our first game back since we beat Southampton 1-0 away in early March, but a casual observer wouldn’t have realized that.

The lads were sharp and we attacked the Blades from the start, and really looked a very decent side.

Credit has to go to the manager, Steve Bruce, who could be out of a job at Newcastle next season.

But he’s showing his professionalism and wants as many points as possible from the remaining games this season.

The players are right behind him, and of course, there were no fans there at St. James’ Park yesterday.

But the players knew the Geordie faithful would be watching, and their concentration levels were very high.

Stave Bruce (shown above trying to throw the ball in yesterday) had this to say in the Chronicle after the game:

“They’ve worked hard.”

“The one thing we do is make sure physically they work hard because they have to play at a certain intensity and have to cover enough mileage.”

“Aand we have drummed that home since we walked through the door here, which we can improve on.” “They’ve bought into it.”

“Some players – Shelvey, for example, he’s one, Isaac Hayden is another, Matt Ritchie – they’re all physically in good condition, so the midfield area, we’re very decent in that area.”

“They look okay, but fair play to the players.”

“They’ve worked extremely hard under difficult conditions and come back and looked okay.”

“It was like being a reserve game, which we’ve all been to when they used to be played in stadiums, but with intensity. “You think, ‘Hang on a minute’, so mentally it’s different and strange, even what we’re doing now.”

“The whole thing is strange, but it’s all of us, so we’re all in unprecedented times.”

“What helps enormously is the preparation we’ve given the players looks good, they looked in really good nick, which we’re pleased about.”

“Of course, you need a result when it’s like this, so that helps everybody.”

Newcastle are now in 13th place in the league table, with 38 points from 30 games: but we cannot get carried away with one good win.

Next up on Wednesday at home are Aston Villa, and at least on paper, that’s an easier game than yesterday’s game.

We need to take all 3 points in that game and we will then have some real momentum,

More good news yesterday was that we picked up no major injuries.

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28 comments so far

  • Australian Pie

    Jun 22, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    nyone talking crap about Bruce, admit it to yourselves that he has far surpassed expectations this season. Given that, the expectations were very low.

    Do I think he should be our manager if we do eventually get taken over, no.

    Has he done exceptionally well this season, without a doubt and has earnt the respect of many

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 22, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Dr ed 39 points?? Im sure its 38.

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 22, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Craig hope (mail reporter) on talk sport “sources close to the deal have for weeks told me we are urging caution” but these sources who I trust 100% yesterday told me ” its done the deal will be passed and we will make the Newcastle fans very happy very soon”.
    He also suggested it could even be this week.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 22, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheers Nrthumbrian

  • hibbit

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    i’d honestly be surprised if Rafa was even a target for the new owner,

  • The ledge

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Is George Caulkin saying anything?

  • Mund

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Just sit back people and relax don’t worry no more, don’t stress or get frustrated just enjoy the days to come don’t worry about the club focus on the next game because soon we won’t ever have to worry again.

  • geordietom

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    In certain situations, characters (and writers, it seems) just have to make certain puns or references. And they’re usually the same ones. But Tropes Are Tools, as in many cases the audience may feel disappointed or even slightly confused if the obligatory joke fails to come up.

    Often relies on If It Was Funny the First Time….

  • magicmac54

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Australian Pie, very good points you made and i totally agree, the most important thing now is the takeover gets the rubber stamp from the premier league and to finally see the back of Ashley and get proper owners in place with ambition and a professional structure to take our club forward. HWTL

  • hibbit

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    any one know if the Barclays v Amanda hearing session is on today ?

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Hibbit, (archaeomag)
    Ha haha think you need to join a long queue mate, like to hear him in real-time.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Bruce has surpassed my expectations but I think its also testament to how good some of our players are that allowed him to get through the lucky streaks at the start of the season he will never have managed a better set of defenders and goal keeper in his career!

    I said before the game against Sheffield United look at their team and look at ours none of them would get in our first 11 we actually now have a team full of experienced premiership (over 50 games and more) players and it showed now that we are more attacking and keeping possession!

    If you look at most teams outside the top 6 we are more than a match for them without a proper striker such is the quality of our recruitment in recent years Rafa, Nickson and the scouts have to take a lot of that credit and I can see the ideas behind Bentaleb, Rose and Lazaro although they haven’t yet hit the heights expected but if Bruce has had input in them its been a good idea!

    These next 8 or 9 games are Bruce’s audition for the job if he keeps us playing positive football I would be willing to give him a chance next season

  • geordietom

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    hibbit archaeomag sounds a bit like Tsunki ,..

    Tsunki enters stage left …

  • Insh'Allah

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Only Newcastle United FC could help force a hugely rich state to do an about turn on a number of subjects – piracy, banning of TV feeds – and then be at the forefront of a new progressive Saudi Arabia, and a much improved Newcastle City.

    Only Newcastle.

  • geordietom

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    did staverly finish here evidence on friday ? …

    if so its her legal peoples turn this week to turn the screw …

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit, think they cut off the live feed off unless jibs got summit up his sleeve.

  • jane

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    “we actually now have a team full of experienced premiership players”

    even squad full of experience premiership players.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Lee Bunga, if we say we have good players, and the finances are obviously good too, do we now say that Ashley is leaving us in good nick? 🙂

    I’ve had a shower, but need another!

    Only joking, i remember happier days before he tortured us with Jiminez, Wise, Pardew, Mad Joe K, Charva and the awful McClaren! Mind you he did get rid of Fat Sam 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19


    We do look much better with a back 4 in the last few games as it lets us get Miggy + ASM 20 yards up the pitch.
    A back 3 is good if you have a technical ball playing sweeper who will bring the ball out and set off moves.
    It’s just a shame it took Bruce 30+ games to try something different and believe more in the players’ technical ability before that, as with the 3 January additions dropped in too, this isn’t a bad squad at all now.

    I guess it’s the ability to think on your feet and be fluid enough to alter formations and adapt playing patterns etc at any given time that sets the good coaches apart. That’s why I am quite intrigued by Allegri if he came here. For now though I think the shackles are off and the players can express themseves more and if Bruce can keep this little run going then great.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Think my last post has a touch of archaeomag about it.

  • Mund

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21


    Are you still claiming nowt is happening all a fake over still and Amanda after a pay day??

  • archaeomag

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    @Australian Pie {from over}
    Got your number m8 ~ define evidence of self-reflective maturity; + imperfect punctuation and a modest word count ?
    Offski . . . back later if anyone survived under the canvas covering the excavation; I have some multi-layer semantic metrics from a digital matrix to analyse

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

    it’s not too shabby when you have shar and Lazaro on the bench, not to mention 2 x longstaffs in the stands

  • geordietom

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24


  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda heights
    It’s just a shame it took Bruce 30+ games to try something different

    Yesterday was game number 30

  • hibbit

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    i would LOVE us to give Villa a right good possing 😀 😀 😀

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Dont think Joe, Miggy and St Max have 50 prem games each , they do seem to be working for each other now , having the extra man in midfield has had a massive impact

  • Zele

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28


    I agree with you that the switch to a back four has made all the difference.

    It’s allowed our more creative players to shine.

    I thought Rose looked in better shape.

    All our players looked in good shape whereas the Sheffield players didn’t look very sharp at times. Could this be because it was their second competitive game ? I guess we will discover on Wednesday against Villa.


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