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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

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #81

    Aces-of-eights

    Bruce won’t get sacked until we’re about to be relegated. He’ll take the fall for Ashley’s lack of investment and we’ll go back around the loop again. Relegation, bouncing back, buy a player or two to replace the ones we lost when we got relegated, show zero ambition and make up another sale when the fans start to protest and walk out.

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #82

    Mund I will be quite clear with you .
    If you going to compare bruce to rafa ,bobby ,kegan I really have no interest.
    I wouldnt respect what your sayin so I would see no point in listening to ye .

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #83

    ledge

    haha not me mate i wouldn’t dare compare him with any of them come on mate i’m not like some

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #84

    Kevin Vegan

    Over and over again , he dont care what its doing to the club
    Hes getting what hes here for

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #85

    look at my avatar do you see brucey boy

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #86

    Mund

    Its all good
    Given enough time the truth outs
    You say you want what we all want

    Itll be obvious soon enough for all to see

    Its not like any of this hasnt happened before
    Over and over again

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #87

    what will be obvious

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #88

    Re read my post

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #89

    are you saying what i want will be obvious to all to see?

    or are you saying it will be obvious soon about the takeover?

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #90

    mund …I’m not sayin your are pal .
    Just making myself clear that’s all.

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #91

    i don’t compare past employees or players just concentrate on the now

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #92

    Rafa was a god to me

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #93

    Mund

    If you cant or wont understand what ive said it proves a point
    You might not like it but its in your own words

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #94

    22

    ok mate havent the foggiest but ok

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #95

    City play the best football I can remember seeing in the prem. The way they move the ball around, scythe through the middle. That little give and go their front men do while running with their back to goal. Like with all good teams even the fizzing loose balls somehow end up at their feet. They beat Arsenal 3-0 and Burnley 5-0 for a reason.

    Beating and drawing against them gave us false hope. Yet saying that, we found ourselves with a chance to spawn an equaliser – who knows what would’ve happened had that gone in. Even if with a takeover it would take years to achieve what they have – you can’t buy that it in a transfer window or two. Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire another team. I think every other team in the league – on our day we could give a game too.

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  • dougie

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #96

    Brucie is a serial failure.2nd worst manager in Prem League history,fact.Its an embarrassment of epic proportions to even see him on the touch line.Sports Direct FC at its finest.He is a patsy for the parasites horror show. Only there because the deluded sheep might tolerate him because he speaks half Geordie.Id rather have JFK or carver, at least they had the dignity to look embarrassed

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #97

    Mund i liked rafa he did play boring football but he gave me hope that even under ashley we might get a bit of pride back i liked the way he wanted to improve us as a club everthing from the ground up i respected him for that .
    If we are taken over i want whoever deliveres us a major trophy first could care less what tactics we play just want a trophy and some pride back .

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #98

    KV,
    That doesn’t make the club a cash cow and it doesn’t mean he is robbing it financially. It makes it exactly what I said. He uses the club, but he does not use the money the club generates. Why would you advertise your own company, if you were siphoning of the clubs income? Surely you would sell the advertising so you could siphon off more money.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #99

    It is seriously time to announce the takeover. I mean seriously.

    Of to bed, up early in the morn. lets hope for some good news later today.

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #100

    Ledge

    agree mate it wasn’t the best football but i believed he did the best with what he had. I think i fell in love with him like you said because he gave me hope again during a dark cloud it became a little brighter.

    I want a young progressive manager

    if i had a choice obviously klopp but someone like Nagelsman oe Poch would do nicely.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #101

    Toon22

    I can’t see it playing out any other way than him being here until he is removed by force or the profits dry up. It amazes me how many don’t seem to see that his idea of a succesful club is one that makes him money.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #102

    22,
    Nope, I can’t explain any of the HMRC investigations, because those investigations have never lead to charges, so are as yet unproven. Once actual information is released, then we can talk in them, until then, the charges are as legitimate as the fakeovers.

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #103

    Mund

    Yes we would all love that
    But the reality of the situation our clubs in leaves that a fairy tale
    Nee chance
    Till the turds gone

    It seems theres nowt to show hes going anywhere

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #104

    Lilongwe

    excellent point

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #105

    Night WL 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #106

    22

    even if your right can’t i converse with another poster of how i’d like to see the club run?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #107

    I think that is me done for today. Poor setup and game plan, onto the next match, hope something changes, rinse and repeat as per the last decade.

    Night all.

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #108

    Mund….Nagelsmann for me the future of managment but I’d say Madrid or bayern will be his next destination.
    Someone on here a few months back said Nagelsmann could come in and learn off bruce for a few years i think that’s what gave me my heart attack Lol.

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #109

    Lilongwe Geordie

    And GT quitting, leaving him in a position to have the stock exchange to almost step in
    For the first time in history
    As for the investigations yes hes not been convicted but its likely hes going to have to face an appeal in the Supreme Court
    Your saying thats normal for any large business ?

    Can you see how your responses might be seen as defending him ?
    Just asking
    As most fans think hes a toe rag at best

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #110

    peace mate

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #111

    Pretty sure Rafa took 4 points off Citeh last season??

    Bruce is just absolute garbage start to finish.

    Sooner he’s gone the better.
    Can’t believe there’s mentalists on here repeatedly defending him..

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  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #112

    Tonight the 2 posters to question anything negative about the Turd seem to agree with each other
    Who would have guessed

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #113

    haha surely saying it for the crac

    i agrée of where he will end up just he would be the man id have

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #114

    Mund Some of the lads on here wouldn’t know who Nagelsmann is .
    They no nothing outside the premier league.

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #115

    22

    i agreed with him on this point and it’s an interesting one…

    he said the HMRC is about as legitimate as the takeover because all you know is through the media and we all know what you think of media reports

    that’s what i meant by excellent point

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #116

    LG

    Ashley takes £30m a year in loan repayments from the club, gets free advertising and we still post £25-30m a year profits when we are in the prem. If you don’t see that as him bleeding us for profits then I really don’t know what to say, but I do.

    Out of curiousity, if you don’t think Ashley is bleeding us for a profit, what is your reason for wanting him gone?

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  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #117

    ledge

    i’ve followed footy across the globe and mainly europe since i was a wee lad always want to know whose the next thing either player or manager

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #118

    22,
    The Supreme Court? That is the final court of appeal, they woukd have to charge hime with something, win in court, and him have sufficient grounds to appeal for that. Or, it deals with cases that are the most damaging to the kingdom. I think we have a long way to go to get to that stage and not much to actually realistically believe it will get there.

    An auditor resigning is also far from unprecedented..

    I don’t think a think

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #119

    And Bruce – you could have had two Wembleys full of “mad Geordies screaming their heads off” and it wouldn’t have made a difference to your garbage earlier.

    Stop trying to play the Geordie card.

    Please go back to whoever will take you in the championship.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 29, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #120

    What I found really amusing about the game was Joelinton emulating what AC had been doing to the ManC defence and trying to rough them up, didn’t do a bad job of it either even down to getting a yellow card.

    There was nowt wrong with his shoulder charge for which the ref gave a free kick against him.
    I thought both of them had decent games.

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