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Bruce Delighted With ‘Under The Radar’ Signing



During his press conference for Newport County, Steve Bruce was specifically asked about goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. The 28-year-old is in line to make his third start for his hometown club already tomorrow.

Gillespie didn’t have much to do at Morecambe last Wednesday. However, he put in a Man of the Match performance for his Newcastle debut against Blackburn in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Bruce said the following about his new goalkeeper when asked how he was getting on at Newcastle:

“Very quietly he’s got on with it. He’s kept two clean sheets. It was a big night for him against Blackburn. The club he played for as a boy released him. He went away to learn his trade and came back.

“An opportunity has arisen very quickly for him. He’s kept back to back clean sheets. Done nothing wrong. I hope that continues for him. I’m delighted for him.

“Out of the five signings we’ve signed he’s the one that’s sort of slipped under the radar for obvious reasons. He’s performed very well. Let’s hope that continues.”

Gillespie has had an excellent start to his Newcastle career. He, of course, was Bruce’s first signing of the summer joining as a free agent after leaving Motherwell.

With Martin Dubravka getting injured before the season started, Karl Darlow has been handed Premier League duty while Mark has filled in for the cups. This has afforded the Geordie an early chance to get some appearances under his belt.

Both Darlow and Gillespie have been outstanding while Dubravka recovers from his ankle injury. With just two matches left before the international break, each goalkeeper should have at least one more chance to impress.

First up will be Gillespie as Newcastle try to get to another cup quarterfinal tomorrow. Then Darlow should get the nod once again against Burnley on Saturday.

Our next fixture will not be until Manchester United come to town on October 17th. Martin Dubravka should at least be close to a return to training by then.

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108 comments so far

  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Very impressed with Gillespie so far and great to have 3 accomplished keepers on board.

    I hope he would push Darlow for number 2 but after Darlow’s showing against Spuds that’s a distance off now

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  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail

    It wouldn’t surprise me if it was true nothing does surprise me with Ashley nowadays he is capable of anything.

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  • Tyran21

    Sep 29, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle’s goalkeepers department have been impressive for the past 25 years or more.

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  • Northumbrian

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Another crappy international break!!!.
    What a waste of time they are.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Tyran, That is because our keepers get so much practice. 🙂

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  • peter5199

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #6

    and Billy (Joel) is not a striker, left wing or behind striker.

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  • geordie157

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Will be interesting to see how we keep Woodman happy, another impressive season for Swansea and he’ll be thinking he deserves a chance in the premier league. Although Swansea may go up and we could loan him once more.

    Good problem to have though. Darlow has always been a decent keeper along with Gillespie it seems we have good options there.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #8

    And I had us down for a win vs the spuds.
    If it wasn’t for a lucky (good goal) 2 posts and a crossbar plus a dodgy VAR WE COULD HAVE DONE IT.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh yes, and Darlow, forgot about him. Surely Toon keepers should be best paid at the club!

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  • geordie157

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #10

    For tomorrow, it’s clear that we are seeing improvements from Joelinton now that he’s on the left, so keep him there. Don’t go sticking him up top again unless it’s really needed.

    So….

    Gillespie
    Yedlin, Kraft, Fernandez, Lewis
    Hendrick, Barlaser
    Murphy, S.Longstaff, Joelinton
    Carroll

    Fraser and Almiron off the bench if needed.

    subs
    Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles, Shelvey, Fraser, Almiron, Wilson

    Ideally replace a some of those with the likes of McAntee, Young and Sorensen.

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  • peter5199

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Burnley game will be interesting. If we can’t win that at home against a team with 7 injuries….. eek!

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  • peter5199

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordie157, a fair shout

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  • TomaKaThor

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Darlow was great against Spurs but I still am pretty nervous with him in goal.

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  • north east lincs toon

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Just on What Nobbie savage said about football being on the brink collapse ,we’ll Robbie how about the prem start passing some finance on to lower leagues tens of millions lost obviously isn’t affecting there stature,without non league and other clubs who’s the prem got to complete against?

    1
  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail you really are a very nasty Pearson at the heart of it.

    The kid has heaped praise on Bruce for playing a part in his rise, and fair play to him for doing so.

    Bruce is very limited in a few areas, but one area I think the guy shines at is man management, getting anyone to believe in themselves is a wonderful gift, and a great tool to have in the bag of a coach, the master of man management was SBR, never had a bad word to say about anyone, was also great at most other areas, played for England and managed some of the very best players in the world, but brought kids through too.
    Kk, some could say the guy was the worst tactician ever in management, but got players believing they were supermen.

    I know this is only my opinion, but to me the players seem happier right now, then they have in a long time.

    If players will run that little bit more for Bruce because of how he treats them and that makes up for some of his shortcummings, il take it.

    Listen i don’t know what happened, but I never rated Darlow, I think his nerves seem to have always got the better of him, against spurs he was a different player, someone is bigging him up, big Joe, another i dont really rate, seems to have had 2 good appearances, these are good things.

    Players i think your god treated poorly, Jonas, mitrovic, shelvey,Ritchie, Atsu, Kennedy, Haydon, Mbemba, Murphy to name but a few. Maybe some of these just needed an arm around them to make them feel special.

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    That Rodrigo Vilca lad looks very small, dont be surprised if we dont see him for a year or more in the 1st team, he needs to get on the weights and build himself up and then get used to the physicality of the pl. Time and time again with good and promising players it’s the physicality of the premier league they cabt cope with and usually the part where it all goes wrong. He looks far smaller than Almiron which is almost too small to begin with.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Chancel – today BSIB admitted he was wrong. We live in very strange times indeed.

    We do…

    Indeed…

    Some people don’t get irony if it smacks them in the face.

    Strange times.

    4
  • jane

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #18

    “Matt Ritchie: Newcastle midfielder set for ‘lengthy lay-off’ with shoulder surgery”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54343058

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Mund and Jail, from previous,

    Both right on all counts. Spending a little extra to get the coaching team up to scratch should be a no-brainer.

    The rewards in terms of player development would be phenomenal for a modest outlay, and the increase in player values we’d see for having our youngsters guided by top coaches would more than pay for the costs of the upgrade.

    I can’t see any reason not to aside from being short-sighted and greedy.

    Therein lies the problem…

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  • geordietom

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20
  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    IrishRob

    I thought the same. He looks like he’s got some nice touches and decent reactions, seems to strike a dead ball well too, but doesn’t look athletic enough yet.

    That should come with a decent fitness regime, but the extra workload might mean he picks up some injuries.

    It’s not ideal and it would be better to pick up a player who was already in top physical shape, but it’ll be intriguing to see whether we can turn him into a useful player for us.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 29, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #22

    KV …

    how can he not be in top physical shape ? he’s playing week in week out for his team …

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  • 9

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #23

    You can forget all about RV and our first team for as long as you like, it won’t be happening while (for example) the present incumbent is Prime Minister (not that that’s relevant, i agree)

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  • 9

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Just to flog a dead horse, who in their right minds would buy any EPL club at this time?

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail you truly are a tool. I wasn’t blowing any smoke up any arse. Robertson said Bruce helped him develop. I’m not saying Bruce is a great coach, just reflecting a positive comment.

    You must be some pedantic fool to work with.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #26

    GT

    I’m sure he’ll be in better shape than me, but I can’t see the Peruvian league being as physically demanding as the prem. Even in terms of the top leagues, ours is notoriously physical and fast-paced.

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  • Darnik

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #27

    9
    So why mention it then, that comment was just weird to say the least… Wtf has Boris being prime minister got to do with our first team smfh

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #28

    IrishRob

    Aye small players never make it to the top, mmmmh.

    I’d like to start a listing of any that have kicking off with Hughie Gallacher. 🙂

    Any other offers?

    2
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Ha, ha BSIB, I knew you wouldn’t let that lie. I’m a reasonably intelligent person, so of course I know you’re always right. Some people just don’t understand comedic licence when it smacks them in the face.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Tom I’d say what he meant was he doesnt look big enough physically, not that he was in poor physical shape fitness wise.

    1
  • Darnik

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Essex
    Tbf perez wasn’t the biggest and we made a tidy profit on him and after all that is all fatty wants 😛

    3
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #32

    KV

    If you could just say “in my opinion” it would stop me from thinking you pretend to be a right know it all on all things football, tactics and management.

    You try to sound like an expert…

    But working behind a bar with no experience of being in a position of responsibility in professional football…

    You aren’t/

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Munster.

    Not sure how familiar you are with offshore rig work, but I recon jails crew will be one of those crews that do the least amount of work.

    It’s amazing, you work with some and do next to nothing over the 2 weeks you are there, or at least the bare min.

    The guy spends way to much time on here to ever say he is busy.

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  • Darnik

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34

    BSIB
    I hope you’re not being a job snob there 😉

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Darnik

    Who moi?

    🙂

    1
  • Darnik

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Lol

    0
  • the white tino

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Egb, Beardsley wasn’t the biggest, juniniho Messi zola the list is massive of little or even tiny players most would have loved in their team

    1
  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Kv

    Is that the same league Nolberto came from? Didn’t he adapt.

    eidur gudjohnsen came from Iceland where they don’t even have grass pitches, played for some pretty big teams.

    Messi is tiny, but some how is one of the best players on the planet, proves it again and again against every typ of player.

    Give the kid a chance

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  • Mund

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Juninho? Zola? To name two very small but great players

    2
  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Did anyone see that laptey kid tear us a new one last week, he was about 3 ft tall.

    Teehee, I know we all seen him

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