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Steve Bruce Confirms Signing And Laments An Empty St James Park In Post-Match Comments


Newcastle have bowed out of the FA Cup after a disappointing evening. The lads followed up a timid first half with an improved display in the second, giving them a chance. But ultimately, Manchester City were too much for the Magpies.

Even so, it was two key events that stand out as nails in our FA Cup coffin. The first was an unnecessary push from Fabian Schar on Gabriel Jesus in the box resulting in a penalty.

Here’s what Steve Bruce had to say about the penalty as published by the Northern Echo:

“He’ll be disappointed and frustrated. Of course, he has to burden that – it’s a mistake, a blatant mistake. I don’t know why, but that’s what happens in football.

“The one thing you need when you’re playing against Man City is for your defenders to be concentrating, and concentration was key to it. When I look back on it now, it was a poor challenge that he didn’t have to make.”

The second incident that proved costly was Dwight Gayle’s point-blank miss just minutes after coming on. Allan Saint-Maximin did brilliantly to get Dwight the ball, but what should have been a tap in was sent over the crossbar.


As it so often happens, Manchester City put the game away just minutes later through Raheem Sterling. What might have been had Gayle sunk his golden chance?

There’s a lot to rue for how different it all could have gone had the circumstances not been so extreme. For one, Newcastle were without the backing of the home crowd to cheer them on.

Bruce reflected on how big of a miss having a full St James Park was for his team:

“It’s bad enough playing Manchester City anyway. But there’s no doubt it’s even harder without 52,000 mad Geordies shouting their heads off to give us some encouragement.

“There’s no question that we wanted and needed that. Had this game been taking place normally at half-past-six on a Sunday night, it would have been terrific.

“It wasn’t to be, and when you’re playing against these teams, you really need your crowd to give you a lift. We’re unique here, and it would have been a marvelous occasion.

“It’s not the case, and supporters or no supporters, we were too passive in our first-half approach. We were better in the second half and made it a cup tie, and it would have been interesting if we had taken that big chance (from Gayle), which you have to take when you play against these big teams.”

It just wasn’t meant to be once again. Now it’s on to another big match at Bournemouth, who like Aston Villa last Wednesday, are in a fight for their Premier League lives.

On a positive note, Steve Bruce has confirmed that local lad Mark Gillespie will join Newcastle this summer as a free agent.

“I think it’s been signed in the last 24 hours. We’re delighted to have him on board. He was here as a youngster, went away and played some games, and we welcome him back.”

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262 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Mund

    Fair enough mate
    Didnt mean to insult you

    😉

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Welcome back Mark Gillespie. Hopefully your signing heralds the start of a new era at SJP. God knows we need it.

    4
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Munster @288 previous –

    Go back and read @213&214 again. And keep doing it until you can spot the difference in context.

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #4

    If hes still here next season hes going to have to get used to an empty stadium

    2
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #5

    This is why i wouldnt have Schar at CB in a back 4. He isnt good enough defensively with 2 just CBs in the team.

    JL and Fede are out and out defenders, not great with the ball at their feet but we need our 2 CBs to defend predominantly, anything else is a bonus.

    3
  • The Hit Man & Her

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Munster @228 i meant

    4
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #7

    22 all good mate no harm done he will be gone one day

    1
  • WLtoon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Kev V from prev.

    When i say win something i mean a domestic trophy or a top flight title.

    5
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #9

    RobLeenio

    Wouldnt you think Marks signing shows the ambition of the club now ?
    Its reeks of business as usual

    7
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Mund

    I dont care how so long as hes not here

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #11

    That first half was just dreadful. Tactically inept, the players just weren’t up for it and we had no answer to Man City.

    The second half was better – pressing up the pitch worked well and should have led to a goal. What a miss from Dwight Gayle, unbelievable, or at least it would have been had we not seen it so many times before.

    How does he do so well in the Champo then struggle so badly against Premier League opponents? It’s not as if he was under any pressure, even. I could have scored that, and I played left back (badly).

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #12

    can’t live forever mate i guess all you have is the hope you out live ashley

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13

    RobLeenio

    Right at whats supposed to be the dawn of a new era for the toon
    The wealthiest club in the world
    #cans

    We sign some guy on a free from Motherwell

    What does that say to you ?

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Mund

    Its why i go on about the HMRC
    Its our best hope as hes in a real mess

    4
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #15

    WL

    I know you do mate, it was just a joke but not a very good one. Just ignore me 🙂

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Robleenio

    Left back in the changing rooms? jk

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #17

    toon22, I would think he’ll be our third choice keeper behind Dubs and either Darlow or Woodman. Not a very exciting signing, but a decent option in that context.

    Besides, it’s good to see another Geordie at the club.

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #18

    22

    time will tell my friend

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Mund, often I should have been 😉

    0
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #20

    As ive said

    Im not making this up
    Its whats happened /happening

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #21

    robleenio

    i’ve been trying to get really fit of late i want one more shout at being able to play without breathing out my ass. You know instead of sprinting up and crawling back being able to sprint both ways lol

    1
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #22

    22,
    Wage bill? Between 10th and 15th since last promotion. Revenue between 9th and 14th. Finidhed within each of those brackets all seasons.

    Should our revenue be far higher? Yes, that Ashley hasn’t done anything to increase net revenue for the club would indicate taking money out of the club isn’t his priority.

    2
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #23

    RobLeenio

    Why didnt Barcalona or Bayern want him ?
    How did he sign, wont that be adding a liability to the clubs accounts ?

    Just wondering if the Saudis see him as the new Schmeichel
    You think so ?

    3
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Lilongwe Geordie

    6 million net on players
    Thats what we get from the shirt sponsor
    Wheres the TV money gone ?

    3
  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Couldn’t give a toss about this new signing dont thinkn it has anything to do with the takeover good or bad .

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki go back and read the comments by Lilongwe on rafa’s similarly dogshit approach with a similar team v City. The laughable thing is that so many halfwits suck them same shit up when rafa served it, because it was Benitez

    Utterly embarrassing from fans who claim to know football

    6
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #27

    The ledge

    Hope so
    But looking back over the years its not the actions of a “seller” is it
    Why bother ?
    Were being sold tomorrow

    3
  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyway everyone off the blog now
    Ed just emailed me and said the night shift want to come on discuss music and knitting and stuff like that.

    4
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #29

    22

    have you heard something??

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Its like agreeing to sell you car
    Fixing a price
    And deciding to change the tyres before the sale

    And expecting the buyer to foot the bill

    4
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Mund

    No

    But looking back to his usual actions this is pretty much what he does
    Isnt it

    Hope im wrong but theres not much in the way of anything different is there

    2
  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #32

    even more embarrassing though when the knob jockeys compare brucie to any decent manager

    12
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Have you heard anything that proves the “sales ” happening ?

    Or is it wishful thinking
    Like all the other times

    4
  • martoon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #34

    I sort of understand the tactics but just found it very embarrassing to play like that in front of a BBC audience. I guess with a bit of luck if they hadn’t got such a soft penalty and Gayle had scored we could have fluked a 1 0 win but that’s a very long shot. As I say just found it very embarrassing.

    16
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #35

    i like to lead a life of positivity 22 that’s just me tho

    1
  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Even the ticker on the sky app was laughing at us we reached a new low tonight .

    6
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Frog why are you comparing our purchasing to Bayern. Stop being stupid ffs.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Expect the sale anytime between now and mid July. Whenever the Saudis decide were safe and they finalise their purchase we wont have to worry about performances like these anymore.

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Mund

    Yeh me too
    But ive learned that it dont apply to people like the turd and his goons

    You shouldnt listen to the rubbish theyd like you to believe and look at their actions

    3
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #40

    22,
    6million net spend? That was what you were saying last season, before our net spend of x millions.

    The ‘Price of football’ guy has our net spend since 2010 as way higher.

    He has damaged revenue streams, he uses the club for to that advantage of his other businesses.

    The TV revenue subsidises the increase in costs of the running of the club because he has failed to grow the other revenue streams.

    He would make more money by improving the club and increasing revenue streams. It would also give him more to potentially borrow against as an asset for his retail business purchases.

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