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Surprising And Shocking Display – We Cannot Have Many More Of These Inept Performances

It was both a surprising and shocking performance by Newcastle yesterday, as the game at home at Brighton was over in the first 7 minutes when Newcastle conceded a dubious penalty after just four minutes.

Three minutes later Newcastle were still asleep when a low cross came in from the right and was converted and one could ask – where was our defense?

It got no better as the game went on, and we were simply shocked that we looked so awful yesterday.

Brighton hit the woodwork twice and then another goal late in the game made it 3-0 and it could have been worse than that  scoreline.

Especially when we had looked so good in the game at West Ham last Saturday, and the Hammers had given Arsenal a run for their money in the Hammers 2-1 defeat  on Saturday.

Steve Bruce – his team were surprising and shocking yesterday

And this is Brighton who are not a top half side.

One of the things we have noticed with Steve Bruce’s sides in the past, and here at Newcastle, is sometimes they just don’t turn up.

It happened at Leicester City last season when we were just awful, and this may be an Achilles heel of Steve Bruce’s management, that the teams are not always ready for a game.

His man-management is very good so it must be something else.

This kind of display yesterday would hardly have happened with Rafa Benitez, who demands 100% in every single game and in training too.

And his teams are always well organized.

Maybe our lads were over-confident with two wins last week, but we looked a relegation side yesterday, and in truth we never got going in the game at all.

Our defense was poor and that’s both surprising and discouraging.

In the first season back up in the PL in 2017-2018, our goal difference was -8, and we conceded 47 goals.

The following season it was -6, and we conceded 48 goals.

But last season our goal difference was -20, and we conceded 58 goals.

In all three seasons we couldn’t score many goals, but at least we didn’t concede too many goals under Rafa.

To be fair, Bruce is trying to turn Newcastle into a more attacking side, but we cannot forget that we have to always play solidly in defense.

That didn’t happen yesterday, and in fact we didn’t play well at all as a team throughout the game.

Tottenham hammered Southampton 5-2 yesterday, and they look like an in-form side, so we better be prepared for that game at Spurs next Sunday afternoon, otherwise our goal difference will take another hammering.

We play Morecombe in midweek in the League Cup, so a win there may help to raise the confidence of the side, although we expect almost the same reserve side that beat Blackburn to turn out at Morecombe.

The new players will have quickly learned on Tyneside, that if you do well at Newcastle you get great praise, but if you look hopeless you get the adverse criticism too.

Sometimes it is severe.

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31 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    I mentioned goal difference some time ago but I think I got away with it 🙂

  • mindshaft

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    So we should beat Morecambe no matter which team we put out…ffs they were just hammered 5-0 at home by Cambridge – anything less than a win would be unforgivable … then I can only see this followed by a thrashing by Spuds I’m afraid

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Did anyone see Richie against Blackburn? Total passenger didn’t exactly rally the troops either

    He can only play wing back now in a 343 which Bruce doesn’t want to play now despite it being the formation that got us the majority of our points in the last 2 seasons……

    I paid a tenner for last weeks game against Blackburn but not sure I can deal with watching Morecambe all over us with Bruce sitting there with his hands folded unable to change it

  • Thump

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    @Lee: Game aside I don’t think it was worth a tenner. Stream kept cutting out on my connection, saw somebody streaming it on Facebook and saw it wasn’t just me with the issues.

    The performance was just insult to injury.

  • onmeedsun

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    This wasn’t just a defeat. We never laid a glove on them. Potter was playing a chess match but Brucie was playing noughts and crosses! I am just glad I didn’t have to renew my season ticket and do the normal 600 mile round trip to watch that.

  • Tyran21

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope Bruce’s attacking mentality isn’t more long ball down the field.

  • Unused Substitute

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Repost (apologies)

    Nicky @44 (previous): Regardless of whether or not we develop a liking for a player, what goes on between him and the manager behind the scene we usually never come to know. And the manager is well within his rights to rely on his gut feeling whether someone will work in his team or not.

    For some reason, Rafa lost faith in Mitrovic. Had it anything to do with his lack of discipline on the pitch (I’d doubt that because Rafa dealt with a similar problem that Shelvey had quite effectively) or his insubordination or off-the-pitch behavior, I wouldn’t know. What are still apparent though his movements remain sluggish and finish subpar.

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    can you imagine if that had been played in front of a full house at st james.

  • onmeedsun

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    The players need to have confidence that the manager will set them up to have a chance in the game. Bruce should have apologised publicly for letting them down. Playing a winning team with no regard for who we were playing was plain stupid. Where is the brains trust? And it wasn’t over at 2-0. There was still 80 mins to play but we did nothing until second half.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Bruce on Lamptey…..

    “He was absolutely fantastic. We knew all about him and we knew Allan Saint-Maximin would have a handful.”

    FFS, knew about Lamptey and thought ASM was the best person to have against him to track back, support Lewis and snuff out Brighton’s main threat?? Really?

    Miggy should have been nailed onto that role given his workrate and pace. ASM should have been on the other side of the pitch as March is nowhere near as big a threat.

    but i mean, it shouldnt have been 442 anyway.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Darlow has obviously been briefed to launch it whenever it comes back to him. Nothing more pathetic than seeing two free defenders in acres and the goalie opting to boot a 50/50 up to concrete boot Carroll who was shot after playing twice in succession. It’s laughably naive stuff.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Wasn’t it almost like Bruce forgot we were playing that day and hadn’t done his homework?

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    By the time Brucie reacted we were 0-2 down, not sure about the penalty as Max got the ball ( i have seen them given but he got the ball before the man So it was good imho)
    Lamptey was their main threat and when he went off we should have pummelled them yet still we played sideways and back, nobody brave on the ball, nobody willing to even take a player on …only 2 games in and the players look like they dont know how to pass a ball forwards……i can see a long hard season under the non-tutelage of the Brucemeister

  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    after reading most of the comments , someone said we need a midfield player who can take the game by the scruff of the neck , i’ve been saying we need a ball playing midfielder for a while now , also people going on about POTTS from brighton he’s never gonna leave them to come to us , Chris Hughton is he still out of work ?

    and yes we were total crap yesterday , we need to get rid of Bruce ASAP …

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    I wish Rafa was still here.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16


  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    hibbit … #8 …

    i think the ground would of emptied after 15 minutes mate …

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18


    Its not that we should get Potter, its just someone like him with a modern tactical approach that we need.

    but if Potter had our players, i honestly think we would be flying.

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Betty lights the blue touchpaper and walks away

  • ascot7

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    The only problem with any footballer is fitness, and if a married footballer is not fit, then he will not get fit in bed with his partner. and give the Toon, a chance. By not screwing 24 hours before a game, not much to ask.
    Maximum was minimum, against Bright Brighton. shelvey was on the nest, and no alcohol before a game plan. Out of position players does not work. Best to bring in rookies, If wilson was not getting fed, from a very poor midfield. so it is experimental for Bruce, be patient. Reporters should tell the club what the players are up to, after training.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    At least Bruce is northern and didn’t say, ” We wasn’t a fret.”

  • peter5199

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    At least no Bale (injured) and Spurs playing Thurs a long way from home in Europa qualifier

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Did Bruce also say post-match that it was as good as game over after 10 mins?

    How can you say that as manager? At home to brighton and the game is over after 10 mins because we cant possibly score 2 goals in 80minutes? WTF?? We did that in 25mins vs West Ham so how exactly was this game over?

    utter nonsense, total defeatist attitude, as also came across pre-game when he talked Brighton up as if they were 2009 Barcelona.

  • peter5199

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    We may be lucky and not be 2 down before the valves on my television receiver warm up

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    I wonder if the slug is realising that buying new players the week the season starts may not be the best option….probably not, i wonder if Bruce is realising hoofball up to a striker surrounded by 3 defenders bigger and stronger than him may not be the best option……or is he saying”theres nothing else i could have done as they are better than us” …..probably…….its like the opposite of a carlsberg advert…….Brucie and the slug…..probably the worst manager and manager in the world

  • Just a fan

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26


    Yes I get the alarm bells but my point is we are two games in.
    Forget last season we stayed up over thirty eight games.
    If it was ten or twelve games with one win ok.
    Yes we were bad really bad but sometimes you have a game like that.
    Hendricks was a world Beater last week I missed something there same with Haydn.

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Manager and owner

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    ascot7………. How can we know which players got their leg ower on Satyrday neet. You may have a valid point re. Conserving energy the night before a match as most boxers insist on celibacy before a big fight. However there is no way to monitor this unless we install CCTV in the player’s bedrooms.

  • carltoon

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Why oh why can we not have a team that can keep possession and pass, not for years and years and years, have we been able to have confidence in our team, it’s the same season after season. Not since KK or SBR. RB would have built one give the chance. It’s soul destroying being a Newcastle supporter, but yesterday was the same as previous Seasons, we never build on any success we have. It’s going to be another dire season.

  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Goth #18 …

    yeah mate your right ,someone to organize the team , and to make changes to counter what the other team are doing , tell you what it was a hard watch yesterday mate …

  • nufc 11

    Sep 21, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31

    The 0-0 game at the amex in July was the worst game of football I have ever seen but yesterday was up there too.


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