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Bruce Witnessed Quite A Day From Some Of Our Potential Future Stars



Steve Bruce was at yesterday’s U23s 2-1 come from behind win over Fulham. Bruce had a heightened interest in the match as three of his returning players took part.

Matty Longstaff played the first half while both Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett got an hour each. All emerged unscathed and will hopefully be available for the Wolves match on Sunday.

As Liam Kennedy in The Shields Gazette points out, there was much more on offer for the head coach than just his three senior players.

Two of the club’s new Academy signings in Rodrigo Vilca and Bradley Cross made their debuts. Vilca, who started the match, was quite impressive and held up well in his first bout with English football. Cross came on for Clark at the hour mark.

This match also marked the return of midfielder Kyle Scott, who was a free agent after leaving Chelsea last summer. The 22-year-old has had a torrid time with injury but played quite well yesterday.

Finally, there was the performance of another free agent signing from last season. Stan Flaherty (pictured above) signed in January after a successful trial. The former Arsenal youngster provided an assist on Yannick Toure’s equalizer before launching this beauty late in the game to give Newcastle the victory.

That was the young midfielder’s third goal for Newcastle United this season. He scored a brace against Burnley last month. That’s some left-foot on the 18-year-old.

So overall, yesterday marked a very positive day for some of our players both young and experienced. We suspect Bruce will be pleased with what he witnessed.


72 comments so far

  • Slatymag

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Had one foot on the bus. Apologies for the repost.

    I’m sure that there must be very decent lines of communication open between the consortium and MA to have had an agreement on a price hike and taking the legal route to push through the deal. Therefore I reckon if there is murmurings of discontent coming from the Saudi’s, Reuben’s and Amanda then Mikey-boy will simply have to pull the trigger, otherwise he risks being left with no sale and a relegated club. The question is – do the consortium think we can scramble enough points in the first half of the season to make the second half of the season, hopefully under their ownership and with a new, competent manager, not too much of an uphill struggle?

    Maybe everyone involved is gambling on Bruce not being as bad as we the fans believe him to be? Maybe the grumblings have already started? I just can’t see MA digging in his heels with Blindfold-Bruce if there is a chance of his dough floating away.

    My message to the consortium would be to apply some pressure sooner rather than later.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    I think if we put in performances like the Man Utd game against Wolves and Everton then if there is a takeover happening they may just pull the trigger

    If its business as usual under Ashley then nothing will get done as he will still be on the point a game ratio that is all they care about

    The big worry is if we leave it too late to change and Bruce has injured half the team leaving it very difficult for another guy to come in and change anything

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  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Flaherty seems to be one to watch, as does Anderson and newboy Vilca. Not sure there are many others coming through though.

    Fernandez looked to be one then got injured and was released in the summer.

    Good to see Clark, Dummet and M.Longstaff get some minutes.

    Lazaar was an interesting one, was the thinking that he could make the 25man squad as left back cover?

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  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    I think either takeover needs to happen before christmas so we can get a new manager in and push on, or we are stuck with Ashley but he wields the axe to Bruce and we get someone in with modern ideas, who wants to play good football.

    The latter may still result in mid table overall but I’d happily take that if the football was better to watch. With our attacking options, which are surely the best we’ve had since the french invasion, we are capable of at the very least ‘having a go’

    either i’m over rating our attacking options or we on paper at least have similar quality to Wolves for example

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Takeover’s incoming on 31 Oct isn’t it?

    I read it in the crumbs.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    @Geordie157

    I watched Wolves yesterday and properly looked at their setup and in terms of players its not radically better or different than ours

    Traore is their ASM and the no 10 they had last night would do a similar job to what Almiron could do while Fraser and Neto are similar quality

    Jimenez is better at holding the ball up than Wilson but our man is much faster

    Its probably in midfield and in centre of defence where Wolves are better Moutinho and Neves for example play in a midfield 2 but don’t seem to get swamped like Shelvey and Hendrick/Hayden do despite being of a similar pace?

    Coady is great having someone like him makes the world of difference in terms of bringing the ball out and keeping possession

    Its difficult to fully know how our team could perform under someone like Nuno but I guess it would be 100 times better than what we are getting just now

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  • carltoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    BOOK CLUB! for my next suggestion, I’m going for Arsene Wenger’s book, now he was a fantastic manager.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Good morning all, the sun is out but it`s still a dull day at Nufc.
    Where is the ray of sunshine we are expecting to turn our season around? Where is Staveley? Has the takeover gone dead in the water and going to fizzle out like a fart in the breeze?
    There are no updates , rumours, journo`s making shit up regarding what is happening behind the scenes etc, Chopra saying the Saudi`s have gone.
    Maybe the journo`s actually do know something for a change, hence, no interest in Nufc. Nothing worth reporting on.

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  • carltoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if he would take on a project,

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Carltoon

    I always liked Wenger, no one like him for coaching and transforming players.

    Not now though.

    We’re some project, take a younger man, after 5 years here any 40 Yr old would look 60.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    There is a certain poster on here who has a canny knack of sussing out the situation at Nufc before most of us, and he is starting to give out negative vibes about the buyout, i sincerely hope he is wrong for once., he has a 100% record atm.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    WL

    Tricky Nicky is Tweeting apparently, its fun but I see no light at the end of the tunnel. Why I’m so disheartened with Bruce.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    OP,

    I don`t do Twitter mate, its all a big joke. Give me some real hard evidence then maybe i can put a whole leg on the bus.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    The club to anyone looks better if the team is upwardly mobile, especially a buyer.

    If a decent manager was in and had us around 10th in Jan a new buyer could push for Europe.

    Atm any new buyer is going to be worried whats going on with the team and how much longer can it go on.

    If I was taking over on the 31st I wouldn’t be letting this go any further.

    The results are bad enough but certain players are being run into the ground, we were already a keeper down, Darlow playing for 30 mins injured is sheer stupidity.

    Bruce can’t be allowed to continue.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Allegri and poch are available.
    I think sarri would suit our club he works best with mid table low table teams thats us at the moment.
    Theres Spaletti.
    Would wenger come out of retirement?
    Ralf rangnick I mentioned before.
    Dont want Howe.

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  • carltoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    OP true, we can only dream now, I too think the takeovers gone, I’m loosing interest in the whole football situation. I’ve devoted most of my life to Newcastle, now it just make me sad.

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  • carltoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Not Howe for me either.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Good thing on this blog and Twitter there isnt a single nufc fan who wants Bruce to still be here everyone wants him out wow

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  • carltoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    AOE. Exactly, but Ashley want’s him here. Until we’re bottom of the league he might sack him. Who would he get to take the job though.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Carltoon

    Defeats are part of football, its the manner in which we’re being beat and this negative mood around the takeover. Double gut punch.

    I’d say it can only get better but I think we all fear the same.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Usually theres some who defend bruce give him time etc etc but i havent read one single comment for a while thats positive about bruce

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Why does the 31st October come into people`s thinking? We are`nt dishing out takeover dates again now are we? Good god. i would of thought after the farce of a few months ago that predicting dates would of been binned without a 2nd thought.
    There is no guarantee this sale will go through imo, so i suggest we forget about done by dates and just hope the sale gets approved, eventually..
    Honestly, some people just never learn.

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  • Mund

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Poch 😉

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Carltoon i mentioned the managers id like scroll up. Looks like we need to lose few games and hover around 17th/18th for couple of mnths and hope ashley acts. Shame no vocal fans at games

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    WL

    I think 31st was the best before on the bread he baked

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  • carltoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    OP, I could only watch the first half, then my blood pressure went up had to turn it off. And just check, feeling sick all the time. It’s disgraceful how this club is run now. I invested so much into the takeover stupidly.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Some increasingly negative vibes on the blog re takeover usually rings true eventually, so maybe the journo`s do know something we don`t, that there is no takeover at all, just Ashley wanting his compen for a failed deal which has cost him 300M.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Carltoon

    Watching it i thought about what you’d said about Watching on TV.

    Glad you didn’t suffer the second half.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    It`s only my view but i think there might not be long to wait to see the back of Bruce as i honestly can`t see Ashley waiting until xmas to give him the boot, especially after we start shipping in goals as if they are going out of fashion.
    The Wolves and Everton games might do the job for me, by that time we could be 17th and dropping like a stone, just another 4 places to fall from here, so not long to wait lads n lasses.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    He never pushed Mclaren until Rafa rang the door bell

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #31

    It’s much worse watching a poor performance on TV/stream than being at the ground.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Has anyone seen the Fantasy Football league table?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Is there a prize for winning?

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 20, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Even if he only gets compo atleast epl lose money. Cant help but think govt will not let fans in until takeover approved. No fans will hurt epl more especially big six clubs. Hope so anyway. Govt want Saudi money

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #35

    The government must not want Saudi money that much or they would of made sure the takeover was done. Its ok Boris or whoever making rumblings about why the takeover failed, that`s if those rumours are true, but they did nothing about it.

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  • Wor Bairle

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Carltoon

    Blood pressure up, feeling sick!

    You might want to pee on a stick bonny lass

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Borris and his mates are to busy gobbling up small businesses to worry about the Saudis, no way Borris is looking at the big picture whilst feeding at the trough.

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #38

    OP,

    How long do you think Ashley will let Bruce ruin his chances of any potential sale before he shows him the door?

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Tbh, who in their right mind would want to buy any sports club, not just football, in this current climate.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #40

    WL

    Until there’s approval from the prem theres no sale.

    Ashley is spending money on a solicitor, thats where he sees his money best spent atm.

    We have 7 points, as long as Bruce averages a point a game until Xmas Ashley will be happy.

    Lose the next 2 Bruce is still on target.

    It would take a run of several defeats in the league for Ashley to get nervous and he’d still react with the speed of a striking sloth.

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