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Bruce Aptly Describes The Afternoon As He Expresses Concern Over Two Magpies

Steve Bruce has spoken to the press after his team put in a polar opposite performance from last weekend. A suicidal start led to two early goals which basically sealed the deal after just 8 minutes.

Bruce made a myriad of alterations throughout the match but ultimately couldn’t find an answer to find a way back into the game.

The head coach didn’t attempt to sugarcoat the situation with excuses. In fact, he perfectly described this afternoon as ‘throwing in a hand grenade’ after the good start to the season.

The team did not match a confident start from Brighton. After ten minutes, this one was all but buried. The question has to be asked how this team came out so lifeless.

We expected Bruce to name the same team as last weekend and had no qualms with that decision. In hindsight, it seems Graham Potter expected the same. Brighton were well prepared for what was on offer from Newcastle.

Bruce touched on his decision to name an unchanged side while bemoaning the two early goals which made it difficult for Newcastle to get going.

Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron have likely played their way into the reckoning for Spurs next Sunday. They were two of the livelier Magpies this afternoon.

However, we’ll now have to sweat on the availability of two of our key players. Allan Saint-Maximin was withdrawn after suffering an ankle injury in the first half. Jamal Lewis took a nasty kick to the face and could have suffered an eye injury.

We hope both Allan and Jamal are ok. They were likely not going to be involved at Morecambe mid-week but losing either of them for an extended period would be a blow.

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63 comments so far

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #1

    His thoughts gothmog were oooh I got an unexpected win last week I’ll just leave it exactly like this until I lose about ten in a row then I’ll make another random formation change without drilling it hoping to get another unexpected win.

  • toonbrother

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #2

    all of Steve Bruce’s analysis seems to happen in hindsight

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    257 voters!!!

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Bruce seems to be more concerned about that red card than the performance of his team. Classic Trump tactic of trying to focus on something other than his own failings.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    5 wins in 26……that form would get us 30 points in a season


    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Bruce got it right against West Ham, tactically beat them by playing Carroll and 442 which beat them comfortably which was great but today shows exactly why he is compared to Rafa so often

    1 plan stick to it if it wins regardless isn’t a good managers approach. He ignored the opposition which isn’t good enough

    First 45 minutes were embarrassing, he will have a re think now, hopefully the 433 we ended up with starts the next game. Bruce wont go regardless though we all know it and to be Frank if he did we wont get much better

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #7


  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Spurs using a 433 now so keeping a back 4 is fine for the next game, just what he wants to do ahead of that that matters.

    Personally id go

    Fraser-miggy-ASM(maybe ritchie if injured)

  • Oldgit1

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    What’s up Lesh, missing your friends to back you up. My you are a waste of space. You contribute sod all to this site. Rather have Jib here than a child like you. Whatever insults have been received by you are in your mind. Shows how shallow you are.

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Apparently Bruce picks the team based on “fairness” rather than tactical reasons!
    It was obvious from the first minute the plan was to sit back and hit long balls up to Carroll. We conceded so much possession that goals against were inevitable with 4 at the back!

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Chelsea/Liverpool game ..
    How many do the champions want to score here?
    Mind,I do love a good goalkeeping howler!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12


    I’d have ASM on the right wing and Fraser LW. Feel like ASM creates more from that side whenever he moves there, isn’t as easily boxed in/fouled and the Fraser/Wilson partnership is based on their familiarity with Fraser playing LW and he is also adept at coming in from that side to be a goal threat.

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    “Unfair not to start Carol after his performance last week”

    Bruce should be sacked.

    Its about NUFC and whats best for the team not Andy Footin Carol.

    So Bruce played 442 instead of changing the formation for a player who shouldn’t be a first team regular as he’s not good enough, no other team would start him.

    Get Bruce out now!

  • WLtoon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    GP,from prev@95

    You are right in saying there is nothing wrong in saying we should beat Brighton, IF we do things properly, that`s my point, we were dross against Blackburn whereas Brighton looked great through the week, and looked good v Chelsea last weekend.
    They fancied their chances today and rightly so, i wish our fans would take a look at opponents previous few games before going for an automatic win.
    They will be sorely disappointed more times than not i`m afraid. but hey that`s just my views, no worries mate

  • NUFCmagpie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #15

    “I think it would have been unfair [not to start Carroll] after the performance he had last week.”

    So great Brucey care more about being fair instead of wanting to win… what an idiot! The lads were LUCKY to beat West Ham starting the same squad against Brighton was just plain stupid

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #16

    NUFC are going nowhere unless we sort out our unexisting midfield…
    Immobile – non existing – slow cumbersome – cannot see a pass – do not pass – if they do backwards -to many touches on the ball to get it under control – no sight for a through ball – pass the ball and stand still.

    Need to buy at least two midfield players ASAP.

    If not Bruce a new younger manager with ideas
    Relegated or not I – football is meant to entertaining !!!!

  • swinaz69

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Fcku off Bruce ya shite in every single department. End of comment and contribution. Fuming!

  • Slatymag

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I personally think there is a dangerous culture of mediocrity now ingrained at the club. Bruce – 57th choice. A manager who is out of his depth in the modern game but is accepted due to fitting in with limited expectations and being “one of your own”. Carroll – supposed talisman, “one of your own”, who let’s be fair was a publicity stunt who wasn’t good enough for West Ham and no one else was after, and it seems has his own clique building around him. M.A – the man who overseen the recruitment of both desperate to be gone, instilling no confidence at all. Shelvey – who is often heralded as a midfield master of the pass and relied upon for opening teams up but very rarely provides anything else of note most games. You could argue all the people who should be the strongest figures from owner, manager and “integral” players are all cementing this culture of also-rans.

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #19

    not sold yet

  • kimbo

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Centre of midfield needs renewing.

  • Great White Hunter

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    We,ve got to be honest, we are a very poor team most of the time, we occasionally play well but very limited. We have no plans, tactics, just endeavour that takes us through the odd game. Defenders are ok, midfield very poor no creativity at all or goals, forwards work hard but no shots at goal at all. Passing, movement throughout is shocking, confidence always seems low. Yes we do have some good honest players but they need good football tactics from a competent manager,coach etc.. Us as supporters can see these failings, why can’t our present setup see these…….. worried…..

  • The Ledge

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Take it easy on brucie munster your being at bit harsh there pal .Lol

  • jasper

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Sep 20, 2020 at 11:11 AM
    Comment #16
    We are getting carried away with ourselves, 1 game in! Potter has got Brighton playing good passing football. They have an identity. We’re still not sure what ours is. I expect a really tough game today, especially with no home crowd to lift our players and to intimidate theirs. As others have said, judge at the end of Oct.

    He called it.

  • Pottsclock

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #24

    The difference between last week and this week is this. Last week there were two poorly prepared teams on the pitch. This week there was only one poorly prepared team

  • kilcline

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Bruce is an Effin dinosaur, will take us down alongside Fulham and prob West Brom.

    Do your research on your opposition, clearly their full backs were a major weapon, you energy and tracking back to stop that, Almiron would have been perfect.

    Bruce is a twunt, needs to Effin go but we won’t. Going to be a long season again

    Eff Bruce

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Well Brucie has destroyed our defensive solidity, but swings and roundabouts, we create less chances now.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Possibly one of the worst gameweeks iv ever had in FF for the record. 35 points with 1 to play.

    Ashingtoon for the win tomorrow evening..

  • Great White Hunter

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #28

    We all agree we were crap today….but their player Lamptey, who was very good, got fouled loads of times and 2-3 toon players got booked for their fouls, yet last week at West Ham ASM had lumps kicked out of him and only Fredricks got booked ! Refereeing at PL level is crap, that goes for today’s ref also.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Mind you 3 shots on target and 2 goals is pretty clinical.

  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #30

    “Judge at the end of October” is about right.

    Everyone’s itching to jump on Bruce’s back. Give the man a chance to work with players he signed just yesterday.

    We’re joint fifth, still in European places! (Of course, that’s ridiculous, but, equally, saying we’re sxxxe and getting relegated is a similar argument).

    We’re way too nervy and trigger happy, Relegations and years of crap football will do that to you. I do get it.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Cyprus, the saying goes, when you start losing it becomes a habit we don’t want to go there.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Sluggish Newcastle struggle
    While Newcastle made an assured start to their Premier League season at West Ham, this display was almost the exact opposite as they struggled against more energetic and fluent opponents.

    Too often they were left chasing shadows in the early stages and appeared to have few ideas of how to cope with Brighton’s 3-4-3 formation.

    Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden appeared overworked and outmanoeuvred in midfield and Andy Carroll and Wilson, who worked well together a week ago, were on the periphery

  • WLtoon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #33

    I did,nt enjoy the rugby much today, losing 3-0 was a bit of a bummer, oh sorry, i thought i was watching a rugby game, there was that many hoofs up the field to nobody

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #34

    What if you have won 2 of 3 so far? I think your statement refers to a losing run. Rafa would have left before the Championship, Keegan would have been sacked,and Sir Bobby was lucky to stay in the job.

    Most posters on here were full of top 10 predictions last week. The blog is less consistent than Shelvey.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #35


    Giving Bruce time to work on the players is what i`m worried about.
    If an ex CB can`t get what was a good defence working together this season, then he has no chance coaching the best out of any other player, the guy is useless.

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #36

    if bruce had a plan and it didn’t work folk would have be a lot more understanding , but we didn’t have a plan we were ill prepared for a brighton team that many on here expected to beat. ,

  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Agreed Anglo re Hayden & Shelvey, Hayden not mobile enough and Shelvey totally negated when he is constricted by press in midfield. The old problem of isolated forwards is directly related to our inept midfield being completely shut down.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #38

    LG you’re talking about managers who you had confidence that they could put things right, with bruce I’m afraid that confidence is not their mate.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Take young Lewis for example, a very promising attack minded wing back who only last season was wanted by Liverpool. Lets see how he blossoms under Bruce with his negative tactics and hoof ball.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m.convinced Bruce never has a tactic, just players for positions and whoever does the best in training plays.


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