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Steve Bruce’s Post Match Comments Focus On Darlow, The VAR Controversy, And Another Serious Injury



Newcastle got away with one today and it was the brilliant goalkeeping of Karl Darlow that rescues a point for Newcastle. The 29-year-old was absolutely amazing making save after save to keep the match close.

While not quite as spectacular as Tim Krul’s 2013 clean sheet against Spurs, this effort by Darlow was his best in a Newcastle shirt. Bruce spoke about his goalkeeper’s heroics after the match.

Here is what Bruce said as tweeted by the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder.

Newcastle were fortunate to get the late penalty after VAR reversed the non-decision on the pitch. Callum Wilson took an excellent penalty and Newcastle come away with an unlikely point.

Bruce wasn’t too celebratory after the match as he knew Newcastle were very fortunate with the decision. He also expressed his legitimate concerns at the impact VAR is having on the game.

Here is what Bruce said about the decision and the issues with VAR.

Unfortunately, it’s one step forward and two steps back as far as injuries go. Matt Ritchie may have suffered another serious injury. This time to his shoulder. The 31-year-old was forced off in the second half after landing on his shoulder. Bruce reckons it’s a bad one.

The head coach also gave an update on Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser who were unavailable today but could be back for Newport County on Wednesday.

Fabian Schar has just returned to training from a similar injury he suffered in July against Spurs. That was over two months ago, so if Ritchie needs surgery on his shoulder it could be another long recovery for the winger. He missed four months last season after needing ankle surgery and suffering a few setbacks.

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308 comments so far

  • Regan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #1

    You can guarantee we’re gonna get bit on the arse with one of these pens…

    Take what you can..while you can..

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2

    A couple of Darlow’s saves were very good, most fairly routine. He ended up throwing himself on the floor in very odd fashion just before Moura scored, definitely should have done better there and was completely powerless to deal with Moura’s shot, but overall he probably does deserve MOTM there.

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  • t hibbitt

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Regan exactly mate what goes around comes around,

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  • kc2012

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #4

    A very good but undeserved point Today but we have to take that as a massive point gained against a very good Spurs team.

    I said Yesterday that I’d have dropped Darlow for Gillespie, how wrong I was. Karl Darlow was phenomenal Today so fair play to the lad.

    Other than Darlow, I thought Joelinton was brilliant when he had the chance. It’s obvious that there’s a very decent player in there and hopefully based on his last couple of performances, we’re finally starting to see his ability.

    All in all a poor performance but a very good point.

    Can’t help think we need another striker though incase Wilson picks up a knock at some point in the season.

    A lot of people talking about the handball, it’s similar to the Maupay one yesterday to award Man United a pen 2 minutes after injury time should’ve finished and after the whistle so based on the rules it had to be given even though it’s harsh..

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    The rule now says below the shirt sleeve it’s a penalty.
    Simple wear a long sleeve shirt no penalty

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Exactly Regan
    Football throws up these anomalies uncannily often.
    Nice to have a giggle at the cockney big boys. I’d imagine their blogs are still curdling the milk at this moment 🙂

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Jeff Hendrick got a vote. He’s a poor mans Colback. Bring back Jack.

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  • JohnReese

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #8

    The way it is at the moment, we should have a shoot on sight mentality in the hope it brushes an arm. We don’t even seem to attempt shots from outside the box.

    Bruce needs someone alongside him to have a word and push for a system change. Christ he could phone Alex Ferguson and get some advice.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Moot point but stats showed Spurs fouls 15 Toon 9

    Top 6 know how to foul and break up attacks and stop break away attacks yet refs do little to deal with that.

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  • Romford mag

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Regan

    Agree with you mate 🙂

    That point could be the one that ends up keeping us up , ( IF ) we are down that end that is ! 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Come next May that might be the most important point of the season. Rejoice 😀

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    “A poor man’s Colback”

    This was to much hahahaha

    3
  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Andy’s new career, lob it up and get him to head away from goal to a defender with his back to him (making sure he hits his arm)

    3
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Seriously though, Hendrick was dreadful

    4
  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    And agreed, could be a very important point

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Us vs Burnley next weekend is going to be a cracker isnt it – bet we are first up on MOTD..

    4
  • Regan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    If it hits your arm when you score…..disallowed
    It’s exactly the same the other way round imo

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  • t hibbitt

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #18

    lochinvar really dont think spurs 15 fouls in a 100 minutes football is excessive,

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s a sad reason but the big positive I take from the match is he dodnt play players who weren’t right such as ASM and Frazer. Amd he made the right subs albeit still not as early as I’d like.

    We should have been murdered 5-6 nil, but as usual somehow we weren’t. These kinda matches are something we just have to get used to under Bruce unfortunately.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Bruce, please show something in the Burnley match to give us encouragement that we are actually trying to evolve our style going into the international break, that you have it in you to do that, and that West Ham wasn’t a total aberration.

    Burnley are poor and have started the season badly.

    Give us something to grasp. We’re stuck with you unless a takeover occurs or we’re really in the shite come December/January time. Don’t lose sight of the fact this is your last chance at a club of our stature, by going out with a whimper and regrets.

    Leave 5 at the back Rafaball in the past.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t see any other one to beat us up first on MOTD

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #22

    After the west ham game I remember saying that the two touches he made for the goal and assist were the only really useful things he did all game.

    2 games later and he’s still yet to add anything more of note.

    Not convinced at all. Would rather we get Sean L in the side, as I said this morning.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Hendrick should be judged after a few games playing CM.

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #24

    John Beresford said at half time the team looked like they were forced to play that way and like they didnt want to be doing it.

    Now if the whole team can see we shouldn’t be playing like this yet Bruce can’t then we are in big trouble because he must be more stubborn than we realise to continue like this.

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  • Bambams

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #25

    JohnReese (two threads back)

    Agree mate we thought of him and one of the lads even suggested Sven Erik, just to come in for a period until the hopeful takeover.

    Football is all about opinions but I struggle to get up for a match lately, last season I thought we were very lucky and the football was just dire.

    Cant even use the match as an excuse to have a few beers with the lads given the issues with C19

    2
  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    I carrot see that KV, that would just celery us down the river. We need to pepper up the attack and get better results than against the spuds

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Tbf to Bruce, what he does tactically, anyone with just a passing interest in football can do.

    Now I don’t know about training sessions or man management etc but bruceys raw tactics are literally just ‘get the whole team behind the ball and hope to buggery we don’t concede’

    How many times was dubz our motm last season? Ed, have you got the stats on that please marrow?

    I’d hazard a guess at half of our games, so that just goes to show us if we don’t get a motm winning performance from our goalkeeper we’ve fcuked it.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #28

    I am only taking the peas

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  • Regan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Pmsl

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    GP

    We can’t afford that risk currently. He’s done nothing last 2 games. We have other options. Get him out and get him working hard to earn his spot back while somebody else (Sean L) has a run.

    2
  • Tyran21

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Repost.

    In training, players lined up and see who can hoof the ball furthest. That why Shelvy starts ahead of Sean. =P
    Mourinho looks like angry bird at the post match press conference.

    4
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Judging players in systems like today’s is pointless.

    Only outfield player to come out of that with any credit was Joelinton, and it was only relative to how poor the rest were.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Notice Billy ~(Joel) was played where he was meant to be, left wing

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    IFAB make the laws of the game that leagues need to operate within. IFAB really isn’t fit for purpose, and never really has been. FIFA, the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish FA’s make up IFAB.

    The law is;
    For clarity, a handball offence is characterised by the ball touching anywhere from the tip of a player’s fingers to their upper arm, directly in line with the bottom of the armpit – essentially meaning anything below the shoulder is a foul.

    Rules may be reviewed for next season, but they are what they are at the minute, very clear for all, and while they are a bit of a joke, it is the same for all.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Vardy is playing so well last couple of seasons

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  • peter5199

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #36

    citeah 1 foxes 2

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Have a look what leicester are doing to mancity when you just go and have a go at teams.

    Started slow, conceded and then you could see the tactics change in-game.

    Football isn’t keyhole brain surgery. Let’s just have a go for Christ’s sake.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Peter

    We were lucky not to leek more goals. Think the ref must be parsley sighted giving that pen at the end, but what a thyme to score. Shame we gave them too mushroom for most of the game but can’t complain about the resalt.

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  • JohnReese

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Bambams,

    I’ve been falling out of love with football the past year as well. Used to be I’d watch anything I could, any team, any league. I really fear with being out of Newcastle like I am now that I’ll lose the kids to other teams. Newcastle should always be a life sentence, I want them to be cursing me in 40 years time for making them support us!

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  • Darnik

    Sep 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #40

    To all those who said his Mrs, I never thought of that it probably was lol

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