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Newcastle Shocking In 3-0 Defeat At Home To Brighton



We’ve seen this before as Newcastle reverted to some of last season’s flat performances. Brighton were off like a bullet right from the get-go while Newcastle sauntered off the starting line. This was a shocking and uninspired performance all around.

Steve Bruce made one change after the dreadful 2-0 first-half. Miguel Almiron came on for Andy Carroll though he started on the left-wing and Jeff Hendrick pushed into midfield.

Newcastle enjoyed more possession in the Brighton end but failed to create anything of significance for much of the game. The change to a three-man midfield and the introduction of Almiron did shore things up a bit.

Newcastle should have halved the lead in the 63rd minute. Miquel Almiron, who was looking lively, put in a delicious cross from the left for an unmarked Callum Wilson in the box. However, the striker got it all wrong and his header sailed far and wide from just a few yards out.

Brighton’s Trossard launched a skidding shot from just outside the box in the 72nd minute which struck the outside of the post. Bruce then made his final change bringing Joelinton on for Jonjo Shelvey. The Brazilian when wide left which pushed Almiron to the center behind Wilson.

The change didn’t spark Newcastle’s attack as Brighton looked the only team who was going to score down the final stretch. Brighton added their third goal through Aaron Connolly. The Republic of Ireland forward cut inside from the left and his effort beat Darlow.

Yves Bissouma was handed a straight red after a strange back kick that landed on Jamal’s Lewis’s nose just after the goal.

The bubble from last Saturday has burst after two horrendous displays. This was an unacceptable performance and Newcastle have ruined their chance at a decent start to this season.

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87 comments so far

  • The Ledge

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Looking foward to reading the fair and balanced appraisal of brucies performance.

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  • Assassins Inc

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Bus moved, ding ding.

    I honestly thought with the new signings this season we had a better team, I still feel that way.
    But Bruce set us up today with nothing in mind, no organization, Jamal is shite, Jonjo is good one game Shite for three, honestly trying to work out who was worth anything today, it’s starts with the team being picked and the manager organizing the team around the team we are facing.
    I didn’t realize the idea was, please walk down the middle, pass as much as you like, have as many shots as you feel, don’t worry we have been told not to get our kit dirty, also we ain’t going to have any shot on goal at home, in a nut shell, welcome Brighton come to our ground and do what the fcuk you like.

    4
  • swemag

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    swemag

    Sep 17, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #2
    Well, if we lose to Brighton I would think we are in crisis, our manager is sh**e, the transfer policy a complete joke and we’re going down.

    Did I miss something?

    9
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki tell me do you think I care about the supposed opinions of this everyone you speak about? Or do you think I care more about Ed and the Harrison’s opinion more?

    You got moderated not to appease anyone who was upset but for you taking things to far as always.

    And you call me the problem.

    3
  • All Aboot Toon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m off to take the dog for a shite… should have gone at 2 o’clock.
    Bagging dog shit up would be more fun than watching that pile of crap.

    23
  • Thump

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I reckon that block on the IPTV services was a protective move, y’know.

    2
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Ledge no more excuses for me mate he does not cut the grade one bit and we looked totally flat and toothless with no direction or idea what to do. Would love Ashley to protect his investment and get rid but can’t see that happening

    13
  • The Ledge

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    We do have a better team a lot better team but unfortunately the same person is controlling it and as he says himself he dont do tactics.
    Its no acceptable to lose by 3 goals at home against Brighton.

    20
  • simon376

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Wish I could change manger at end of season in my predictions as if as I truly hope, something will happen with a takeover, Bruce will be long gone as head coach/manager

    5
  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    @swemag

    its the manner of defeat. and a sense of deja vu of last season performance.
    difference was, last season with games like this, we fluked 3 points from sheer luck. we got atleast 20 points from games we absolutely deserved nothing from.

    if the same level of performance continues this season, and without the luck,
    we are going down like titanic.

    9
  • IrishRob

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Keys is some smug fat kunt, laughing and grinning saying “I’m telling you they are going down”

    God I hope we get a takeover if for no other reason that to laugh in his fat face.

    13
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Maybe my prediction of Bruce not being here at the end of the season will come true sooner rather than later? Time to sharpen the scythe I think…

    5
  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Sack Bruce after two games?!

    Early conclusions:

    We’re not going to win the league.

    Almiron must start and play 90″. Ditto Fraser.

    ASM must work on hi fitness? He’s often hobbling around, though he does get fouled a lot. Poorest game at NUFC, though was poor overall, so shouldn’t be picking on anyone.

    Onward and upward.

    8
  • toonbrother

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #14

    We need to dispense with the myth that Steve Bruce is a good manager
    His mediocre coaching career pre-NUFC didnt happen by accident
    His outdated preference for “homegrown” players is going to get us relegated

    14
  • The Ledge

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    That today mund was just brutal embarrassing I swear to god I’m sickened.
    No cant see Ashley get rid for another while.
    Absolutely gutted .

    6
  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #16

    lucky to get through midweek against blackburn who absolutely schooled us. now schooled by brighton.

    whose next? bruce needs to gets his act together and fast.

    9
  • IrishRob

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Another couple of bad losses against teams we should be beating and more injuries and I think Ashley seriously starts to look at firing his useless azz.

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    What irks the most is a blind man on a galloping horse could see something needed changing after 15mins.

    Took another 30mins for Bruce to make a change, we were very lucky to only be 2 down at half time.

    Normal service resumes, back to Brucey cant do the basics.

    6
  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Terrible.
    4-4-2 with Carroll was just terrible management.
    Shelvey and Hayden is a terrible midfield duo- Hayden doesn’t pass forwards.

    We cannot pass. Lump it up to Carroll is actually our tactics. Hendrick is at best a sub for a Premier League team. Lewis is no improvement to last season.

    This is crazy- Steve Bruce has made some bizaare decisions. I don’t know why he wants so many mediocre Cloggers lumping it and scrapping rather than trying to play football and attack.

    ASM is our best player, to make him play wide midfield in a 4-4-2 is insane and a total waste. I don’t know if he really is that limited or if he’s scared to try new things but Bruce cannot play 4-4-2 like that again. I assumed he did it in the first game because of fitness issues.

    6
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    A few on here throwing the baby out with the bath water. Some of the same people who thought we were great last week…..

    It was a shambles today, Bruce and the players need to hold their hands up and take responsibility. Work to be done this week for the Spurs game, and if there is money in the pot, someone who can help control a game and link midfield and attack is a must.

    9
  • coming home

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Cant blame the players the buck stops squarely on Bruce’s shoulders
    The difference was the manager’s ability to set up a team

    11
  • Jon Bon Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #22

    With this sort of regressive coaching I think it’s going to be hard for teams to live with us this year. Just when you start thinking maybe he isn’t that bad he goes and does this to us. Disgraceful.

    1
  • kc2012

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Also I might be being harsh as it’s only his 2nd prem game for us but Lewis doesn’t really look comfortable defensively at all, I’d honestly rather play Ritchie or Dummett. He was schooled badly today.

    4
  • toonbrother

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    @Cyprus
    ——————–
    toonbrother Sep 15, 2020 at 10:18 PM
    Comment #2
    If he has a brain, Bruce will drop carroll for miggy and hendrick for Fraser vs brighton
    ————————
    conclusion from this game: Bruce doesnt have a brain

    7
  • Thump

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #25

    @Assassins: I agree, for the most part. I went to the pharmacy yesterday for a few things and got chatting with the lad who accused us of having an exciting, attack minded team, and said “You don’t even need Rafa!”

    That got me thinking just why it is that we feel that way because on paper it’s actually a decent squad.

    To me it’s the same criticism we’ve thrown at Pardew, McClaren, etc. that he throws players on the pitch, set up to hopefully maximise the percentage areas, and then hopes individual brilliance handles the rest.

    Look at today: we knew they were going to pack the midfield, and Bruce reverts to what he knows best – hoof it.

    We looked unprepared, and surprised that Brighton had even turned up. If Bruce had a brain, he’d be dangerous.

    5
  • Tartantoon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #26

    That was unexpectedly awful. Brighton showed precisely what can be achieved when team plays for each other and everyone knows their role to perfection.

    4
  • Shoulders knees

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Jasper
    Bruceys excuse
    We couldn’t play Miggy or Fraser from start as we were covering for ASM who was injured v Blackburn
    We told lascelles to push the back line up but he thought we said push the line back. So spent whole game back pedalling away from attackers

    1
  • Our Toon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Is ASM injured? To me he bottled it, lamptey had him in his pocket. I hope I’m wrong but it seems as though he’d take himself out of the firing especially after giving away the pen.

    8
  • Mund

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Ledge

    I just don’t know what happened??

    Did they have a week off and just went on the treadmill at home or what? Wtf did they do in training all week?

    Drop Carroll and drop Shelvey for me. We need a different dimension than just Shelvey controlling midfield and Carroll being a target man.

    Retain possession better, keep possession better and have a plan A and plan B etc. Nobody is communicating it is complete flat

    2
  • catchy in norway

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m not even sure what the game plan was,

    I thought Wilson ASM and Almerion as a front 3 would terrify a lot of defenses.

    But did we buy Wilson to play off big Andy?

    Bringing Joe on as LW,? Blistering pace he has not as yoda would say, so why?

    Bruce picked the lottery nos for the team this week too, 1,2,3,4,5,6, because he has no imagination.

    5
  • Our Toon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #31

    The only positive to come out of this performance…….we won’t see that first xi selection again.

    Hendrick isnt a wide player, decide between him and shelvey as to who partners hayden

    1
  • toon kk

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    A typical Newcastle display
    Not supprised in the slightest at the result.

    8
  • Moonraker15

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #33

    The lowest point in that game, was Shelvey replaced by Joelinton! What a sub to bring on!

    6
  • Moonraker15

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    How the hell did that team beat West Ham ?

    3
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh dear. No way Brighton should be bullying us like that. We have a better team on paper.

    Bruce has to go.

    7
  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Attacking dynamic football is where the game is at. Next game Bruce will go 541

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #37

    How many times did Wilson end up out wide with four Brighton players in the box marking AC and the rest of ours stood somewhere randomly in their half but offering no support.

    9
  • Thump

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #38

    @Moonraker: Did Joe even get a touch?

    And because West Ham were atrocious and couldn’t pass. Much like we did today.

    2
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Going to get pelters on here but to today’s display no different to a lot of Rafas – side ways backwards hoof it long – by- pass our midfield which has been non existing for years.
    Same old problems
    Slow slow build up
    do not pass and move
    Do not get forward with any conviction
    Defenders have achres of space in front of them to carry ball – pass sideways goes back to keeper then hooooooof
    What is the matter with our club
    Pas the ball and F**king move

    17
  • Slatymag

    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #40

    We all know MA loves a gamble but after the furore and hoops jumped through, not to mention cost, of the proposed takeover, I wonder how long he is willing to roll the dice on Bruce with £300m in the wind

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