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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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #241

    The Ledge,
    The poor dog has been booted out, the wife didn’t want one, Munter the big girls blouse spat his dummy and got one anyway and now the poor thing is in an animal shelter.

  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #242


    why were you up at half 5 this morning mate?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #243


  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #244

    shit the bed?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #245

    That’s what time I get up for work. I wasn’t at work on the 23rd of Dec 2018, it was a Sunday morning after a day out watching the match.

  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #246

    when you back on shore?

  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #247

    Fuc that love me 3 staffies to much .
    I wolud get rid of the wife quicker Lol.

  • c-dog

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #248


    I fear the premier league might be asking for too much from the potential new owners. Maybe so much that they cannot deliver. Troubling times.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #249

    I’ve been away a week now.

  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #250

    C-dog you really are a debbie downer lad.

  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #251


    fair enough we are entitled to our opinion

  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #252

    4 on 4 off?

  • woodsee

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #253

    One positive after that utter shambles yesterday is that match will be Bruce’s final nail in the coffin if this takeover ever happens
    Saudis will see how far we are behind the so called elite,and Bruce ain’t the man to get us there.
    On a side note,anyone else get slightly annoyed by the constant playing of blue moon on the BBC,yet I didn’t here Blaydon races once

  • The ledge

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #254

    Jail what type a rig you on ?

  • c-dog

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #255

    It’s all best guess.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #256

    People still trying to pretend MA isn’t ruining our club for the sake of his profits. It’s painfully obvious. He hasn’t really invested in staff, facilities, infrastructure or players in over a decade. Where do people think that money is going?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #257

    Wow I did a google search to find my earliest post out of curiosity and look what I found way back in 2007! How I regret wanting Freddie Shepherd to hurry up and leave now! Lol what a disaster Mike AshLie has been.


  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #258

    first post and it’s argumentative

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #259

    Busta bus

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #260

    Well that was a lot of fun last night,

    Basically, worse than I hoped but better than I expected.

    1st half masterclass in defending (a la Rafa) until stupidity set in. 2nd half better until we should have scored but didn’t (nothing new there).

    90minutes encapsulates 13 years of mediocrity.

  • cyprus

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #261

    Not much to say about the game.

    Every single player had to be at his very best. Most, if not all, weren’t.

    I could single out culprits, but the biggest ones (Schar, Gayle) hadn’t had match practice.

    Regarding approach, I disagree (as I have in the past) but I get it. My approach would’ve been: Go for it man and take any loss on the chin. It’s a cup game, surprise them, don’t be afraid.

    We tried to steal it, accepting the chasm in class. That can happen, it has happened in the past, but nine out of ten times it won’t.

    A footballing and coaching lesson. The away fans seemed louder than ours ?.

  • Harrogate mag

    Jun 29, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #262

    The wife has contracted the covid 19 virus and the doctors have told me to expect the worse…so I’ve gone and got her clothes back from the Salvation Army

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