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Bruce Commends The Play Of Two Local Magpies After The Arsenal Defeat



Newcastle have bowed out of another cup competition this season with a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. Yesterday’s loss, though, was a far cry from the one at Brentford in the quarter-final of the league cup.

The lads put up a valiant effort and fought for the win. However, they couldn’t keep it up into extra time and Arsenal punished us after some sloppy mistakes. The second-half performance was very good. The chances to win and advance were there but not taken.

So it’s come down to another deflating defeat. Newcastle have not won in seven straight as we head into Tuesday’s crucial match at Sheffield United. The Blades are winless in the league but did advance in the FA Cup with a 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers yesterday.


The highlight of the match for many fans was the introduction of young Elliot Anderson in the second half. Steve Bruce hinted that Anderson could play a part and he brought the 18-year-old on with 10 minutes left in normal time in a tense stalemate.

So that does speak highly of Bruce’s opinion of the attacking midfielder. This is what the head coach said per Newcastle’s Twitter account about the youngster after the match:

“I thought the kid was very, very good. He’s been knocking on the door for a while now so it was good to see. He’s got a big future ahead of him.”

After the match, Anderson spoke to NUFC TV and said the following about his debut:

“It’s a great feeling. To come on against a top club like Arsenal and to play for your boyhood club, it’s something you dream of as a kid.

“I’m just really excited for the upcoming games to see if I can stick around.”

There was a report yesterday that Newcastle were contemplating sending Elliot out on loan to the Championship. So we’ll see if he can stick around and make an impact for the second half of the season which seems to be his preference.

Bruce also spoke about another local lad in Andy Carroll. The 32-year-old put in a warrior-like performance at the front and the back. However, he missed some very good chances that has slightly marred his overall performance.

Here is what Bruce said about Newcastle’s overall performance, and in particular, Andy Carroll:

“When you come here, especially in a cup tie, and are presented with the opportunities that we had then you hope we can take one.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how they’ve gone about it but we needed to take that big opportunity when it came.

“There’s nobody more disappointed than Andy that he didn’t take one of those chances but I thought his overall play and the way he led the line was terrific.”

Carroll was excellent yesterday and he lasted well into extra time. It’s just a shame he couldn’t put away one of his chances. Though he was definitely one of Newcastle’s best players on the day.

Callum Wilson was sent home with Jonjo Shelvey before the match as a precaution. So we don’t know of their status for Tuesday. If Wilson can’t go, Bruce could be short upfront as Carroll likely won’t be risked after the energy he expended yesterday.

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111 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    sitc,
    If Longstaff had of gone off injured then I can see people having a gripe with the decision which all the pundits seemed to agree wasn’t a red. It had no bearing on the game, they took their chances and have invested lots of money in strikers we invested in a guy who hadn’t scored for nearly three years. Had he not been in his current condition he’d be worth £15M and he wouldn’t be here. West Ham have realised Haller is a duffer and got rid. Can you see us doing that with both Carroll and
    Joelinton

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  • jane

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    4 geordies played yesterday and 2 on the bench that didn’t play.

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  • jane

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    has Andy Carroll turned a corner?

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  • jane

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    “Yesterday’s loss, though, was a far cry from the one at Brentford in the quarter-final of the league cup.”

    some encouraging signs.

    1
  • jane

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Anderson was composed on the ball in tight spots.

    1
  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail for Ashley – from previous

    So very true. When Bruce arrived, both he and us all hoped that this may finally be the opportunity for him to show his abilities at a ‘bigger’ club. Having our goal scoring threat scoured from the team, he relied on luck and the judgement of the previous manager in his first season. Now he is propped up by ‘doing well in difficult circumstances’ that are either faced by every other club or overcome much more succinctly by the previous manager with less. Despite his meaningless proclamations, it is evident that Bruce is less invested in his role and otherwise out of his depth.

    12
  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    …..but he’s ours!

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    JfA
    Yeah there was a bit of devil’s advocate in my post about the red that wasn’t. I’m just highlighting inconsistency in VAR again. That will always be there.
    But do you disagree it was reckless, contact away from the ball and involve the high risk of injury? The fact that Sean L didn’t have to go off shouldn’t be considered surely?
    It had a bearing on the game alright. He then effectively scored he winner.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    NY, from last night. I’ve calmed down a little now, but still want Bruce gone along with Ashley, Charnley and the whole crowd of Ashley sycophants. Hate our current football (if you can call it that) although agree to seeing a bit more effort against Liverpool and last night. Joelinton is a total waste of a shirt and I cringe every time someone passes to him as you know it mostly leads to lost possession.
    Me and the family OK thanks. The Mrs and I basically hiding away in South Shields keeping out of everyone’s way. Not seen the kids or grandkids for over a year now except on – line, speak every week, “holding up” I suppose is the best description of current situation.
    Cheers to you and all on here, fighting the good fight for our club.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Wow, 7 people so far voted Joelinton as MoM, I’m assuming our friends down the road taking the proverbial 🙂

    2
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    For the record, I watched the 1st half last night, had dinner while recording the rest, but was so disappointed in team selection and lack of intent, after dinner I watched a 2 hour Scandi Noir thing then looked at the result and decided not to bother with the rest. Instead cam on here to read the comments and got the overall picture from you guys, you never fail, unlike the team 😉

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Not another

    Bruce’s appointment was generally met with dismay. How many had confidence in his “abilities”?

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Ron

    [Clutching at straws]

    1
  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Should of said “prayed”

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail

    AC isn’t a duffer.

    He is a damn good footballer and has far more to his game than the battering ram image that surrounds him,

    He looked fitter last night than I’ve seen him since he left and, the big if, if he stays fit he’ll be a huge asset for the rest of the season.

    Considering he was all over the pitch, defending and linking in midfield its to his credit that he was in a position for those two chances, one an instinctive foot to a mishit shot that came through a defenders legs and the other a very good save from the keeper.

    On that display I’d seriously consider playing him in the 10 role behind Wilson because the energy he showed plus his hold up play and passing is streets ahead of Jo.

    AC for Jo against Sheff Utd is a must for me.

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  • jordijohnty

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    It doesnt matter that we played well. We went out. Again. So maybe we might start playing better football for the rest of the season, so what. We will probably stay up, get that valuable 17th spot. So what. I would rather a lucky cup win than huff and puff our league games. Just want to see us win a trophy in my lifetime instead of this acceptance of uselessness

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Last night it was clear that we were playing a higher defensive line and the number of times I saw 5 of our players pressing within 5-10 yards of their box was something that wasn’t happening previously.

    OK, we lost, but if AC had scored in the last minutes of normal time we’d all be hailing a really good spirited performance IMO.

    I’m not lauding Bruce but there were definite signs of a change of tactics and improvement last night and the energy and spirit of the players tells me the players are still behind him.

    Mind, if we lose against Sheff U no matter how good we play, the panic button will go for sure.

    18
  • Robo Toon

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    ….Initialising software
    ….Running match analysis

    MAN OF MATCH:
    Carroll. Couple of near misses spoiling his hot streak of 1 goal in one game

    TACTICS:
    0.3498 Hoofball (low score)

    MANAGEMENT:
    No large flat white coffee, 2 steak bakes, and sausage roll due to Greggs, 132 Hollloway Road, being classed as a none essential business and subsequently closed. As an alternative sent one of the Steves around to, 3 Highbury Park branch at half time, to no avail

    Error 5634 – Failing to Revoke Joelinton’s right to work in the UK

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Jo is in the wrong country for his style of play.

    It’s as simple as that.

    An example is Joselu.

    Couldn’t cut it here with Stoke or us but is hammering them in Spain so much so that he is a forward nominee for FIFA’s 2020 team of the year.

    Why? Because instead of being a lone striker with balls hit from deep they play a game that suits his style and he is proving what one of the Stoke players said – can’t remember who – that he was the best finisher at the club in training.

    Watch his goals for Alaves on Youtube – thing is if we signed him for £30M we’d be thinking we had a gem but he wouldn’t, and couldn’t, produce that in the Prem.

    That’s Jo’s problem – and the same with Haller and many other strikers who couldn’t adapt their game to the style of the Prem.

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  • jordijohnty

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    I suppose the pressing higher up the pitch was a positive and our possesion was a head spinning 40%. We are still not going to win anything this year and its the 10th of january

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Bill’s,
    Yes, if he stays fit, if that superhuman performance all over the pitch doesn’t leave him knackered for the next few games then we have a very useful player on our hands, but considering, tallied up he’s probably played less than six games of football in the last three years then that quite unlikely isn’t it.

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  • Just a fan

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    When you could still buy the pink they used to put posters up at the newsagents to try and sell a few extra unlike now where there is a lot more negatively.
    So here is mine.
    Plucky Newcastle loose late in extra time to lucky gunners.

    3
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    I see it the other way.

    His lack of playing time means he still has a huge appetite to play and I said we he signed that I thought he would bust a gut with us to show he isn’t a busted flush, especially playing for the team he supports.

    10
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    I bet the Pink knew the difference between ‘loose’ and ‘lose’.

    16
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Bill’s,
    What change of tactics, commentators and pundits alike said the game was insipid. The players are still playing for him? How many times have we seen it after a few defeats, they “roll their sleeves up” and put a shift in before this clowns directionless and absolute pointless style of management takes over again and they stop knowing what they’re doing. He is fast going in to the history books as the worst manager we’ve ever had. If he’d taken over Pardew, Carver or Mclarens side it would have been all over last season.
    Bruce Oot#

    18
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron @ 12. Got it in 1, we mostly cringed in a combination of disbelief and disappointment!!

    4
  • sing in the corner

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    I remember our car being covered in the Pink print on the way home from a match 🙂
    It always amazed me it was on sale outside the ground when you came out!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Bill’s,
    It’s all very well having the mental fortitude but if his body can’t take it then what’s the use. We’ll see how he does against Sheff Utd.

    8
  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    bills – interesting comments about Joselu.
    But with Joelinton not so sure – he really does not have the skill for a player of his supposed value.
    Love to know the inside story of how he ended up here.

    3
  • Just a fan

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #30

    I used to sell the pink in byker.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #31

    I wonder if Bruce listed to Shearer at half time. Better 2nd half certainly, though it’s funny Wrighty saying it was a poor game, while some some Nufc fans said it was the best we’d played all season!! Says it all really.

    Carrol played well but I still don’t know how he didn’t put at least one of those gilt edged chances away, especially when we create so few opportunities during games. Maybe that’s why he only has 1 goal in 3 seasons, Riviere territory.

    Plus point definitely was Anderson’s cameo. Seemed to play without fear which was a very refreshing change. I hope he is persevered with as he does have something about him.

    2
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Bills, I agree with you on AC if he recovers OK in time for Tuesday, I’d also like him to partner Wilson and dump Joe. Hopefully also get some of the faster guys back so the front 2 get some midfield support around them. It really is a must win this one, or we are going to struggle mightily to keep up. Fingers crossed emoji.

    1
  • Just a fan

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Pick 50 up at the chronicle office in byker at six pm.

    0
  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Jane

    Do you think there is an over reliance in Academies to develop players secure in possession at the expense of individual flair?
    Anderson is said to have a confident personality and appears to do the right things, so does that constitute a platform towards the type of match winning performance shown by the Arsenal youngsters?

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #35

    sitc

    tbf all the comentators and pundits thought it wasn’t a red and it wasn’t 2 footed. think we’d be up in arms if one of ours had been sent off in a reverse situation.

    3
  • captainmarvel

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Carroll: Last night..Energy used, =100% Skill, = 65% Passion = 100% Goals, = 0

    Joelinton: Energy used, = 15% Skill = 10% Passion = 0 Goals = 0

    Bruce: Tactics = ? Skill = ? Yes man = 100%

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  • hibbit

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    no knocking Andy’s performance last night my mom, but the chances of him doing that again on Tuesday night are very remote through fitness and opportunity ,unless Wilson is laid low and not rested he’ll lead the line, we’ll see just how fit Andy is if he’s on the bench,

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  • captainmarvel

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Without doubt it was a reckless challenge, for me it was a possible red but the ref gave him the benefit of doubt..

    1
  • captainmarvel

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Hibbitt I totally agree it will take days to get over the effort he put in last night..

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  • hibbit

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #40

    was Clarks a red ??
    on another day i thing it could have been,

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