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Defender Gets Debut With Loan Club As Former Magpie Gets Off The Mark



Florian Lejeune made his Alaves debut at Granada this evening. Lejeune was part of a back three in a 3-5-2. Former Magpie Joselu started upfront.

Former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado handed Granada an early lead with a 7th-minute goal. However, Joselu got off the mark with his first goal of the new season in the 21st minute to level the match. The 30-year-old is looking to have another good year after scoring 11 goals last season.

Florian was handed a yellow card soon after the break. The match remained in a deadlock until Granada’s Darwin Machis scored in the 79th minute to make it 2-1. After 7 minutes of extra time, that’s how Lejeune’s debut ended. He did get a full 90 minutes, and then some, under his belt.

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57 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Hibbit,
    It wasn’t a trick answer. We have played 3, won 2. What is he turning around? We haven’t beaten Brighton since promotion, and have been out passed and out possessed every time.

    We were awful today, we have been awful on and off for 10-15 years.

    We got caught cold, and that is on Bruce. We conceded too much ground and possession. That is on Bruce. Players made stupid decisions on the pitch. More often than not, Wilson hits the target with the header.

    Bad day all round, but huge overreaction to the win and performance last week, and equally huge overreaction to today’s game

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Lil,
    That’s all I’ve been trying to say too. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Hey, we agree 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Cyprus,
    Twice in a few weeks! We hardly ever agreed before!!

    I’m hoping we sign this French trialist, badboy, mecurial talent – then we can get back to normal!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes, it’s more of the same. We’re an average, inconsistent side which will finish in the bottom ten just like last season. Getting outraged with each loss won’t change anything. Bruce is the same Bruce he was last week. The team doesn’t have enough good players to ever be consistently good so we’ll get many games like this during the season. If you check out the average of the predictions on here it is usually very accurate and the average was a bottom 10 finish with a final total in the mid forties in terms of points won. Nothing new for an Ashley team. He sets it up to be this way every year. We stay in the Prem (usually) but win nothing and never will under Mikey. Get used to it lads. I see no way to get anything more out of the team without an ultra-rich new owner.

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  • The Ledge

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #5

    We are a side that if we were managed by anyone with half a brain for tactics would finish in the top 10.
    But unfortunately we are not so we have to grin and bare it until hopefully a takeover happens or Ashley eventually cops on that brucie is going to run out of luck and relagate us.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6

    G2,
    It’s 11 players kicking a ball. You really can get lucky, with the right players.

    We, like others, can now afford 10-20 million players. Sometimes these people are or can become super players.

    I’ve seen minnows rise and giants falter.

    Ain’t giving up. Not just yet. And certainly not after one defeat.

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  • WLtoon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #7

    A lot of fans seem to be taking 40-45 points for granted this season , we managed that last season with a huge amount of luck, i think most of us agree on that, lets hope Bruce still has some of that left in his luck locker.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Lilo

    5 wins in 26. Not really an over reaction. Awful stats last season got masked by dubs having to make the most saves in the league.

    Today Bruce wasn’t ruthless enough to drop carroll, had no plan for lamptey or any sign of a plan b to engineer any real efforts on target.

    This is what we have come to expect, despite some strong backing by ashley, ie 2 players on 100k a week. Unheard of !

    Bruce is as poor as McCardew and like them, after 20 years plus is not going to morph into a modern progressive coach.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think we have a top ten squad, our defence is dubious and our CMs are weak as piss, nearly always over run in 442.

    We have a rubber spine.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Lil
    Never seen the french bad boy, apart from that goal.

    HBA mach 2?

    Best goals ever seen at St.james. HBA 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #11

    WL,
    I never take 40 points for granted. It’s hard work reaching that. The earliest the better.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #12

    the big puzzle today was why was Ashley at the game.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda,
    Rafa had the worst start to the season of a Newcastle manager in over 100 years…. We have had awful stats for the last decade. We went several games without a shot on target under Rafa at one stage.

    Today was awful. No worse than we have seen since 5th place.

    I do not want to get into a Rafa/Bruce argument. Other than Keegan, it has been much a muchness recently.

    You used the word adequate before. I think that sums up what managers under Ashley have been for him.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #14

    LG

    I mostly agree but I don’t see it as a huge overreaction today. We were well below par today. Losing 3-0 while not registering a single shot on target home to a side that finished toward the bottom of the table last season is inexcusable.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    haven’t bothered to catch up on the comments, pretty obvious what has been said and I’d probably agree with most of them.

    Haven’t read how bad ASM’s injury is but I got the strong feeling that he wanted to be off the pitch regardless.

    I reckon the lack of atmosphere at SJP is a real killer and we will improve once there are crowds back, wouldn’t surprise me if we play better away until then.

    We’ll beat Spurs next week. 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Cyprus,
    Been some great goals at SJP, for some reason Alex Mathie against Sheff Wed and Malcolm Allen against QPR always stick in my memory….

    HBA is available on a free at the minute. Despite how we argued about him, I would happily sign him up for this season. Not sure Bruce would feel the same…

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  • AshLIE is a Joker

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #17

    We would get top 10 if we got in 2 disruptive but comfortable on the ball CMs, a right back (Aaron’s) and a new manager who will get our lads playing some free flowing footy (bielsa, poch).

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #18

    The thing is with all bruce’s experience you’d think he’d develop a sense of how to adapt to game situations and make the right calls. Look at Bielsa, always animated, always on the game. Bruce just stands there.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #19

    HBA?

    Must be like 50 🙂

    That ship sailed long ago.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    KV,
    I think we had more possession today than 3 of our last 5 prem games against Brighton.

    Stupid pen, errors for the second, and errors for the third.

    The sky has fallen in and Bruce should not have forced Callum Wilson to head over, ASM [insert numerous names here] to make a stupid tackle, or Shelvey [insert numerous names here] to struggle with 5 or 10 yard passes.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Cyprus,
    31 or 32 I think

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22

    I think shaqiri (sp.) would slot in the starting 11…

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #23

    L2-B1

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Lilp

    Rafa got us promoted as top scorers and champions and a top 10 finish first season back. Dodgy start in his last season but even then when miggy came the 3 amigos were awesome.

    Point is we were being challenged to incrementally move forward as a club. Under bruce we aren’t and never will be.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda,
    Yeah, I remember Man U fans complaining as they picked up another trophy, that Sir Alex Ferguson hadn’t been constantly animated, crouching or hopping up and down on the touch line…..

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  • cyprus

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #26

    I said I wouldn’t pick on players but I believe the Hayden Shelvey pairing, despite the guys’ best efforts (both fought bravely, if erratically, today), just doesn’t produce the goods.

    Our MF has been a challenge for ages. Even Cabaye wasn’t quite good enough.

    Need a Silva or should have signed lallana.

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #27

    This is what happens when a coach with a clue comes against one that has no clue at all. Bruce doesn’t know what tactics are. There’s never been any movement or pattern of play with the ball. The only tactic he has is sit off and let other teams take control. Everywhere he goes he’s tries to force the 442 regardless of players. He has a good squad suited to a pressing 4213 and he plays the exact opposite style. He’s an idiot and not fit to coach above u12 level

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda,
    The squad we had in that championship season, either of us would have won the league in comfortable fashion.

    It isn’t about Rafa vs Bruce, they are both adequate and acheived what they were employed for.

    I want better than Bruce. I want better than Rafa. I want better than what the club currently aspires to. Apparently you can’t actually want better than both and believe neither were/are good enough for what we deserve. It has to be one or the other. There is a hairs breadth between the 2 so far.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Lio

    You can be as sarcastic as you like but if really you really think bruce is the answer, apropos nothing, then what the hell was the question!

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #30

    L3-B1

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Midfield has always been weak. The players are one dimensional and Bruce doesn’t help with his lack of offensive tactics. The midfield should be moving around to get open for defenders to advance it up field but brucey and his boy shelvey just want him to come back to the defenders to hoof it up field and leave a huge gap between the attackers and the mf/D. This has always been his style and he’s always been critiqued for having no this huge gap in the middle of the park. He’s a moron and needs to be canned. Anyone on this blog can do what he’s doing

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Lilo

    13 major trophies plays zero over 20 years is more than a hairs breadth. Also bruce got more backing, yet fewer points, conceded way more goals, scored fewer and got a lot of injuries.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda,
    Not being sarcastic. Neither were the answer for what I want for our club.

    Devils advocate now – under Rafa we were challenged to move forward – why did we go backwards second season up? Is the squad better or worse now? If better, is Bruce better at identifying players than Rafa? If worse, does Bruce making us safe so early last season make him better than Rafa?

    We haven’t moved backwards or forwards in the last few years. We reversed from Pardew, and nobody has got us the players or got us playing more offensively.

    The issues are bigger than current and previous managers. The football has been much a muchness.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Also Bruce had money at vil la and couldn’t get them up via the playoffs, let alone as champions

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda,
    Win as much as you want and be successful wherever. Makes no odds to how you do after.

    Geremi must have been our best midfielder of all time in your opiniom then?Won more than anyone else amd the biggest tropies around..

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  • jane

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Leicester now top of the league!

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #37

    L3-B2

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Lilo

    Well we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Anyone who knows football will see rafa was way more than adequate, given ash’s constraints. Bruce will never be adequate.hu

    Rb: rm, milan, liverpool
    Sb: wigan, S’land, hull

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda,
    You probably want to recheck your figures on Bruce’s Villa transfers.

    The only full season Villa spent less than they brought in. Di Matteo spent the money there before he arrived. 3million net spend the season he left.

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  • onmeedsun

    Sep 20, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Picking the same team and formation as last week shows Bruce not capable of thinking about how best to beat the next team. Brighton played us off the park last season at SJP in a nil nil. Bruce should have seen this coming, as should all the mugs who thought we would win easily today. Watching Leicester, their interplay is very good. We can only dream of playing like they do. Bruce will never have us playing good football. I’m just glad I didn’t have to renew my season ticket and do a 600 mile round trip to be depressed.

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