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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

  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #201

    hibbet I think he twigged a while back
    Big Al will have marked his card

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #202

    hibbit,
    He knew that anyway, he was made no false promises and knew that his only remit was to avoid relegation. He was happy to accept that. He’s done himself no harm at all, I very much doubt he’ll get another PL job but he’ll get a better gig than a Preston or Middlesbrough. Norwich is my bet if Farke decides to leave.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #203

    If Ashley was at the game at least one camera would have been on him..don’t recall seeing him myself

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #204

    Hibbit he might have been in yarm lol.

    1
  • GhostToon

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #205

    Jib

    I thought that about Shearer, he seemed to take it all in his stride.

    Normally he gets well riled up when the team play like we did.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #206

    A grown man calls another grown married man a ‘knob jockey’ for making a comparison between two managers of the same club with some of the same players, against the same team, managed by the same manager, with similarly awful football on show as yesterday.

    But the comparison isn’t valid?? Laughable.

    And the guy who writes it is a “knob jockey”.?

    Jesus wept the intelligence levels are off the charts here today. Well done Ledge.

    0
  • hibbit

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #207

    not funny Northumbrian gutted about that 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #208

    Count,
    Jesus, Mary and Joseph, ha ha, have you read The book thief?

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #209

    Sorry hibbit just couldn’t resist.

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #210

    Jail
    When he was in lockdown he went to Cheshire
    There’s plenty of lower League teams in the
    North West – Stoke , Preston , Blackburn
    he might even be given a try at Burnley.
    Would he return to a relegated Villa ?

    0
  • count

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #211

    Jail. Unfortunately, no. Just looked it up and sounds interesting though!

    0
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #212

    JIB

    Every penny you say ?
    Utter bollix

    Where’s the money gone

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #213

    Munter,
    Two seasons ago in December, we faced the rock bottom club Fulham, it was 0-0 and we were sh|t. You absolutely slated the manager for that for days on end. Fast forward a season and we played rock bottom club Norwich, it was 0-0 and we were sh|t. You said absolutely nothing about Bruce except, that wasn’t very good. I honestly think you are so deluded that you can’t see that everyone realises you have an obsessional dislike for our former manager. It’s laughable how you insist on denying this.

    25
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #214

    Remember when we bought him HOF ?
    With the transfer budget and the cash he got for Mitro

    You defend the turd every chance you get

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #215

    count,
    It’s an excellent book.

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #216

    Munster did a canny good job of making himself look an idiot last night
    All in his own words

    5
  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #217

    Munster i don’t think I directly called u a knobjockey i think you just assumed it was you because your the only one that goes on about rafa and your intelligent comparison but hey ho no one was stabbed so no harm done chap .
    I should be calling people halfwits and all to sound intelligent.

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #218

    Jib,
    They threw a cabbage at him. Sean Dyche isn’t going anywhere is he.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #219

    count,
    If you never tried an audiobook before, The book thief would be a very good one to start with. My first one was called Alone in Berlin.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #220

    Cans, I agree with you. I don’t want Bruce if we get new owners, and I don’t want Rafa either in an ideal world. If it’s a limited investment I’d take rafa. Yesterday first half was awful but it was just as embarrassing when we played them first time under rafa and that’s why I highlighted the similarity. Despite what Ledge is saying in his frustration, I’m not saying Bruce is better than benitez, but I’m not going to ignore the similarities in approaches yesterday either.

    Let’s all pray for the takeover. Maybe C(o)unt can join me with his Jesus Mary and Joseph

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #221

    Cue the “I’ve told you I’ve no problem with him coming back here but would like a more progressive young manager and was the only one brave enough to critique zzzzz……..”

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  • Mattroge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #222

    Morning all 🙂

    Surely it can only be a good thing Shearer and Lineker saying the PL need to get a move on with the takeover?

    Rafa did a decent job here. Bruce despite not having anywhere near the track record of Rafa is also doing a decent job.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #223

    Toon22 go back to your fantasy world where the takeover is a fabrication. Strange man.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #224

    And just as predicted. Footin incredible 😮

    8
  • Insh'Allah

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #225

    Jail for Ashley
    “All that is required is the transfer of funds, once the Premier League work out a legal framework by which their product – the actual game – can be shown in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”
    .
    .
    You can get BeIn in Saudi though, you can also buy the sports package there. I was watching BeIn last night sand there’s even a Saudi Phone number on the list of contacts in BeIn’s buy our package adverts?

    2
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #226

    Munster

    Nobody helped you
    All from your own keyboard
    In your own words

    5
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #227

    Apparently caulkin said yesterday that he’d been told that documents had been moved around this weekend and the Saudis had had more talks with the prem. Make of that what you will.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #228

    When you want to discuss things like an adult it’s generally best not to talk like a 13 year old Ledge and use words like ‘knob jockey’.

    0
  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #229

    No munster lad I’m far from frustrated.
    I like reading your postsfind you quite interesting.
    But when you start your obsessions about rafa i find it quite irritating and doesn’t make any sense really but whatever floats your boat .
    I will just learn ignore your post when u start about rafa .

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #230

    Jail, and what did you say when we were utter garbage against man City in the same game. Or utter garbage in the game you mentioned, Fulham???

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #231

    Fair enough Ledge, in fairness I haven’t had a good rafa shindig Inn ages but yesterday was really similar. We won’t fall out over it mate.

    1
  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #232

    Jesus munster i have seen you say at worse to jail etc practice what you preach.

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  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #233

    Nope munster i won’t fall out with you over anything like that .

    1
  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #234

    Munster how is the dog anyway ?

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #235

    toon22
    JIB
    Every penny you say ?
    Utter bollix Where’s the money gone ?

    slogan after slogan

    froggy tell us in detail which money has gone where
    and don’t just say “he’s trousered it ” or “his tat shops”

    2
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #236

    JIB

    The PR love the fairy tale of the turd not robbing the club
    Nobody believes it
    You pretending it’s true is hilarious

    Where’s the money gone , the clubs not got it

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #237

    That’s what is said Munter.
    Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2018 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #493
    That goes down as one of the worst games ever, I don’t think I’ve ever seen us win against Fulham let alone score a goal, Yedlin made an immediate impact, can you imagine the difference if he was our back up full back instead of number one. Manquillo and Atsu were pants, Kenedy is not our player and knows it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #238

    *I I said.

    2
  • toon22

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #239

    He mugged off Rafa and spent the transfer budget and the money from Mitro and bought HOF the day after the transfer window closesd

    Your a banking wiz kid , maybe you could explain where the won’t went

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #240

    Don’t ask my why I was up at half five that morning 😮

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