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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

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #81

    That’s interesting Hibbert! I suppose Bruce thinks by selling Schar he will get a shedload of cash as Clark & Fernandez are in the twilight of their careers. If the money were spent towards a quality striker / midfield playmaker the perhaps. Although I would much rather he cashed in on Joelinton, S Longstaff, Atsu and perhaps Almiron even if the two mega buys were sold at a loss.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #82

    West Lancs

    If we go to Bramhall Lane on Tuesday it’s highly likely that we will forfeit the game.
    The other team (Sheffield Utd) will be waiting for us in Bramall Lane.

    The two are about 40 miles apart.
    Still, that’s as close as we normally get to the opposition.

    πŸ™‚

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #83

    That a tackle from behind lad and a sending off offence!

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #84

    Was Ashley, Barnes & Bishop at last nights game. Were they entertaining certain interested parties. Was Bruceless instructed to play more attacking football to impress those parties.

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  • toon22

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #85

    Have we been sold yet ?

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #86

    Point to bear in mind . When we haven’t turned up in previous games we haven’t forfeited the game . Just given up on the points. So I suppose the end result is the same.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #87

    Might as well got to Bramhall Lane and play tennis then.

    http://www.bramhall-tennis.co.uk/home/

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 10, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #88

    Gone for me lunch. Let’s all hope that Tuesday is not just another day the office! Same old ,same old! Anyhow perhaps we’ll have been sold by then.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #90

    Tackle from behind

    You calling my posts rubbish?!
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    Sorry, my best impression of Tom.
    Otherwise I agree. Someone said they have submit 6 stories a day, so hardly surprising the depth of information is limited.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #91

    At the risk of sounding a bit smug, I’ve been saying for most of the season that AC should be starting games, those ten minute cameos are a waste of time as it is usually last gasp hoofballs that get hoisted upfield and he is a far better player than that.

    A little bit of luck and he would have scored a few goals in the past few games.

    As for him being unfit he was still full of running when he was pulled and didn’t want to come off.

    A has been, not yet by a long shot.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #92

    Well done Elliot yesterday, just goes to show that we do have talent in the U23s if they are given a chance and a manager has the balls to play them.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #93

    Like to see Chorley go on and win the cup, if only for their big geordie fan! πŸ™‚

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #94

    EGB

    Lets give him til May and see how many games he is fit for.

    the evidence from the past 5-8 years suggests he will struggle to play many between now and the end of the season. i dont think anyone thinks AC isnt a PL player when fit, its how many games he is fit for that is the issue.

    If his body all of a sudden defies the past 10 years of evidence and he can play in 80% of our games then its a win-win for all concerned.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #95

    Big Andy for Engaaarlaand! πŸ™‚

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #96

    Was someone just jumping to conclusions or did Bruce say Wilson and Shelvey were missing for an unspecified reason?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #97

    if we set up playing this far forward from now on, if/when ASM comes back in Im hoping we see a different guy from the one who played in the last few games pre-covid as he didnt seem fit or bothered in those.

    Need the old ASM back and quickly, hopefully with Anderson given more playing time too.

    A three of ASM-Anderson-Fraser behind wilson would be good to see a few times this season, hopefully they can all be fit enough to try it.

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  • DrGloom

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #98

    Can’t believe people are calling for Carroll to start , if he’s the answer then we are up the creek without a paddle, lots of effort but his striking days are long gone , maybe out him in defence as he does a better job there.
    Linton will never be a player and if had cost 10 million or less we wouldn’t be seeing him anywhere near the team

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #99

    Asswipe “lose to sheff utd and your out on your ass
    bruce “but we had a tuff fixture run”
    Asswipe “so what.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #100

    Not Another De Jong

    Yes, Wilson and Shelvey were not present, so a rumour started that they had Covid.
    They were supposed to travel, but stopped at the last minute.
    That’s why we only had 7 on the bench.

    That rumour was later quashed when Bruce said they both had a niggle so were rested as a precaution.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #101

    NADJ

    Precautionary measure for Shelvey, Wilson and Lewis, should be ready for Tuesday it read like.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #102

    GP

    It’s injuries he’s struggled with and those seem to have been rectified, otherwise he appears to be as fit as a lop.

    I’d be really upset if he can’t see the rest of the season out but he is human not a superman, so the chance of a Smith Rowe type tackle is always possible.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #103

    Bit of a changed blog dynamic these days – are there quite a few away on holiday with Moderation Tours? πŸ˜‰

    I also see poems are now being rationed, I wonder if a haiku might get past the filter? Jane posts everything that way so it could work. πŸ™‚

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #104

    Andy played well, it was a tie between Dubravka and Carroll for MoM for me. However let’s get some reality in here – it’s likely Andy will not remain uninjured for long. He’s not the answer, he’s a quick fix. The best Bruce can do is tool him out him and hope he runs for as long as possible before breaking down. A bit like a few of the cars I’ve had TBF.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #105

    tool him out him = roll him out.

    😐

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #106

    It’s all well and good having a strong forward line and playing higher up with ASM, Fraser and Wilson.
    BUT – our midfield is so weak that the forwards have to come back an defend for 90% of the game, often leaving only one lone forward.

    When we do win possession we are all in the 18 yard box and our only option is to hoof out.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #107

    EGB

    Best Iv seen AC look for a looooooooong time, still full of running til the end. Good sight to see for sure.

    But we’ve heard multiple times in the past each time he is working his way back its “he’s in the best condition he has been for years” etc and then lasts 2 games and out again.

    So time will tell but fingers crossed as a fully fit AC will be huge for us this season to avoid any relegation scrap.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #108

    Tsunki

    We know of Mund….
    who else had been moderated/banned?

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  • cyprus

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #109

    Unlucky last night, especially Andy Carroll who gave them a torrid time all over the pitch. Maybe he shouldn’t have missed that chance but he was there and all CFs miss chances. Would love to see him partnering Wilson. When he came off we were a weaker side.

    Some very good performances too. Dubravka slotted right in. Ritchie, Hayden, the youngster and others did their best. Did Yedlin grow by about six inches or was it the do?

    Of course we’re still more graft than craft but we gave them a game and could’ve won.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #110

    Well I would predict Tuesdays starting 11 to be the same as Leicester, but with Shelvey and I hope Gayle on for Hayden and Joe.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 10, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #111

    One ongoing criticism.

    Throw ins.

    Nobody wants the ball. Or rather there’s usually two of ours vs four of theirs competing for it.

    Result? We ALWAYS lose it.

    Next session, four hours: how to retain a ball from throw ins.

    I have some suggestions but aren’t they obvious?

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