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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 11:37 PM

    Comment #41

    Munster Mag

    What ?

    I was saying why didnt Bayern want to buy the keeper we signed ?
    I was trying to put it into context, were supposed to be the most ambitions richest club in the world

    It dont fit into the little fairy tale

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #42

    Uses the club to the advantage of his other businesses.*

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  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #43

    22

    what i mean mate is i always look for the positives in life even within a negative.

    you cant worry about the things not within your control and concentrate on the things in life you do have power over

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #44

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Fair enough believe what you want
    I disagree, and youll find a whole bunch of people think the same

    You trust him with the clubs accounts ?

    Your posts seem to back up the observation

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #45

    The Ledge

    Oh no missed the watershed! Pitchforks down, please turn your hymn sheets to page 4.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #46

    Ledge, cop yourself on, calling people knob jockeys, because they disagree with your opinion. Ridiculously puerile.

    I’m comparing the shit first half with rafa’s shit v City in the game the analysts were dumbstruck by our negativity.

    It doesn’t matter if rafa was a mix of Bob paisley and Fergie, it was still the same shit. But people are still unable to see it, or more relevantly don’t want to admit it.

    Laughable.

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  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #47

    is it not illegal to use the clubs finances for his other business’s?? i’m sure you can’t do this

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #48

    Mund

    Yep id agree

    But if he thinks its important enough to employ people to defend him here i think its important enough to point it out
    And voice the opinion of alot of people

    Regardless of what some people might claim, im not having it
    Not now not ever

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  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #49

    JESUS ROB I hope your right because this is the worst I felt as a fan in 28 years.
    Had a bit of hope with Houghton and then rafa came in and had pride again that somone of that calibre would even look at us but with bruce I have no hope whatsoever .

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  • JohnJ

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #50

    I ALWAYS want Newcastle United to win but I wasn’t at all surprised by today’s result in fact the only surprise was we didn’t get beaten by more than 2 – 0 🙁

    The saddest fact to me is that allegedly it could have been us with the recent history of Man City if Mr Ashley had not offended the present owners of the blue side of Manchester! Absolutely want him out of our ASAP!

    Roll on the new owners!!!

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #51

    Mund

    The HMRC would agree with you
    You ever wondered why he seems to have had run ins with the guy for decades ?

    1
  • JohnJ

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #52

    our club

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #53

    Toon 22 at #41, give us a chance to get the takeover done first.

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #54

    JohnJ

    Yep they wanted to buy us before they bought City
    It took the turd to hoy up and insult them for things to turn out as they have

    If only

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #55

    22,
    Do I believe the accounts? As much as I’d believe the declared accounts of almost any multi million pound privately owned business.

    But, I have enough business and financial sense to know that the way he runs the club means this club is absolutely not a cash cow, not a financial crutch for his other businesses, and is earning far less money then he could potentially earn from it if that was what it was to him.

    5
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #56

    Munster

    Apparently is happening
    So they would have had to ok them buying that player
    Or are you saying they didnt pay a deposit or have any kind of contractual obligations ?

    Cant have it both ways

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #57

    Mund,
    No, it isn’t, but he also doesn’t do that. He uses the club to benefit his other businesses financially.

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #58

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Might you explain the multiple investigations into him by the HMRC ?
    Or why GT quit

    Its not what youd expect from that fairy tale you seem to believe

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  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #59

    i’m surprised it isnt its kinda like asset stripping i’m sure thee is a rule in the premier league that the tv rights have to be used for the club not outside businesses

    might be wrong but i’m sure i read that somewhere

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #60

    LG

    If it wasn’t a cash cow he’s using to support his other businesses he would find us an external sponsor rather than plastering us in SD logos.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #61

    We did defend too deep. You just don’t give your more attacking players the platform to influence the game when you play that way.

    On the other hand, if you stretch play, you just invite quality like them to pass through you, which they inevitably will.

    If you play a higher line, their fast, skillful, clinical forwards will just run in behind and cause havoc.

    We were ostensibly undone by a silly foul and a gilt edged miss, but in truth they are at least a two goal better side than us no matter how we go about it.

    Thought Hayden and Longstaff were great defensively, but we desperately need an injection of quality alongside either one of them, a number 10 ahead of them and right up top.

    The takeover needs to happen now, so we can be sure to get these players in.

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  • count

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #62

    Is Munster for real?

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #63

    Ledge dont worry mate it’s all gravy could be any day now. Possibly one more win and it will be announced. May not even need another win.

    2
  • WLtoon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #64

    Did anyone see Bladey,s post earlier. He actually said Takeover is ON. never thought i would see the day lol

    2
  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #65

    Well actually munster you were calling people half wits .
    And you seem to bring rafa up quite a lot if kevin did that he would be hounded bit odd behaviour tell you the truth its like you enjoy it
    And I dont give a flip if anyone agrees with me tell you the truth .
    And I will say it again anyone comparing brucie to rafa knows f..kall about .
    And another thing if I want to call people any name if its not acceptable im sure ed will let me know .

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #66

    Munster, Count want’s to know if you are for real, what should I tell him?

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  • toon22

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #67

    Remember not so long ago
    When a bunch of high level employees all quit at the same time ?
    People who had worked with him for years
    People who know will see thats a very bad sign
    It usually means the brown stuffs hitting the fan

    Its just not played out yet

    5
  • dougie

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #68

    Sports Direct FC at its finest today,absolutely despicable and embarrassing.NUFC is a distant memory but it looks like the times could be a changing.To have to watch 3rd rate untalented chancers representing our proud city is abhorrent and disgusting.The parasites horror show is nearly at an end though but never forget the filth that are paid to come on here and defend the scumbag.The dirty rats take the parasites money and aren’t even any good at the job because it’s obvious time and again that they are PR.pure scum!

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  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #69

    irishrob

    who derek foreal

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #70

    You lost me Mund?

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #71

    Has Bruce been sacked yet?

    3
  • count

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #72

    You’ve lost me Rob?

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  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #73

    the character out of Blow if you have ever saw it

    i use the term when asking is someone for real

    are you derek foreal or what

    i chanced you might know

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  • The ledge

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #74

    Did we not beat city under rafa or we just forgetting that so we can say brucie is so good .
    F..k me laughable is right .
    Stupidly blind is another.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #75

    You lost me count?

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  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #76

    ledge

    so you didn’t think when we took a point at st james this year it was any good?

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 28, 2020 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #77

    Never heard of him mund, count I’m just bored and being silly lol

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #78

    Mund no I prefer a win tell u the truth

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #79

    Heys buying up more stuff, doesnt mean anything but its certainly a good sign.

    https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/billionaire-mike-ashley-snaps-up-18471300.amp

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  • count

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #80

    I regard Munster’s level of stupidity as a matter of grave concern. Certainly not something to be made light of with silliness.

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