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Bruce Talks Disappointing Result, Absent Trio, And Goal Scorers After Spurs Draw



Steve Bruce has spoken to the press following Newcastle’s impressive 2-2 draw against Spurs. The head coach made some critical changes that sparked Newcastle to life after the troubling 3-0 defeat at Brighton two weeks ago.

First Bruce ditched the diamond formation for the 5-3-2, which was what he first utilized when he was appointed almost two years ago. Though today, the emphasis was getting up the pitch which the lads were able to do all match long.

The other area where Bruce went in another direction was the team selection. He brought three players in from the cold in Jacob Murphy, Matt Ritchie, and Sean Longstaff. All three played their part this afternoon.

There were also some conspicuous absences from the teamsheet. Ryan Fraser, Andy Carroll, and Federico Fernandez were all missing when the team was announced. Bruce has confirmed that all three were unavailable due to injury. Here is what Bruce had to say about the trio per Newcastle United’s Twitter account:

“Andy Carroll picked up a calf injury. Ryan Fraser picked up a groin injury while he was away with Scotland and hasn’t trained for a few days. Fede Fernández felt his calf again too.”

Hopefully, none of the three are too seriously injured and will be available for Burnley next weekend. That could also be when Callum Wilson returns from his hamstring injury.

Today we witnessed an excellent performance from Joelinton, who scored one and made the second with his headed flick back across the face of the goal. Miguel Almiron got a touch before Joe Willock launched the ball off the underside of the crossbar for the equalizer.

Bruce was thrilled with Joelinton’s exploits against Spurs. While he concedes that the Brazilian needs to put away more of his chances, he was a constant thorn in Spurs’ side today. Here is some of what Bruce said about Joelinton’s performance:

“He has had it tough but the one thing about Joe is he doesn’t shy away from it. Yes, we have to improve his goal tally but over a tough period he’s done very well in certain games. Today, arguably, was his best.”

Bruce also spoke about our other goal scorer, Joe Willock. The 21-year-old didn’t start for the first time since joining Newcastle. However, that may have provided some extra motivation as he got the leveler against his home club’s rivals.

This is what Bruce said about Willock’s performance as well as his reaction to not starting:

“I’m delighted for him. He wasn’t happy when he wasn’t in the starting line-up. However, he’s come on and got us the goal so I’m delighted he’s got one against Tottenham which will please him.”

Newcastle were vastly improved from Brighton and now Bruce has some decisions to make for Burnley. Will he go back to the 4-3-3 or keep with today’s formation? Also, Bruce now has competition for places with some of these performances.

It could be a competitive week of training as the lads prepare for the ultra-critical match at Burnley on Sunday. Hopefully, the lads will be able to carry some of today’s momentum with them to Turf Moor.

While the performance was promising and the point unexpected, Newcastle could still land in the bottom three by this evening. Fulham will jump us in the table with a win at Aston Villa today.

Bruce was pleased with the performance, however, he felt it was deserving of more than just a point. Ultimately, some poor defending and finishing could have cost Newcastle a momentous win. This was Bruce’s take on today’s result:

“I thought our performance was enough to win the match so there’s a tinge of disappointment. I was delighted with the response of the team. They kept at it and got something out of the game which was vitally important.”

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400 comments so far

  • 9

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #361

    Geordie,
    You’ve forgotten our home display against them this season (seems like years ago) then, haven’t you?

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #362

    Magscar
    I too watched motd to hear Shearer’s comment but I also watched the game on sky live. The motd highlights didn’t really do us justice as apart from the Kane goals we were the better team on the day and with Wilson to put the chances that Joelinton had, in the net we’d have won easily.
    So I think bringing back Wilson for half an hour against Burnley would be a great boost for us. Plus, the havoc ASM causes is another boost.
    All in all, taking into account Fulham’s capitulation against Villa we’ll be ok!

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #363

    I was a bit worried when I saw krafth at centre back but to be honest he didn’t appear to put a foot wrong.

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  • toon22

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #364

    I’d start ASM
    He didn’t make much of an impact as a sub
    He looked desperate to get into the game which is good

    1
  • simon376

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #365

    As sorry as I did feel for Clark, think Kraft always does well when he plays. Yes he’s not the best player, but always gives 100% and he did again yesterday

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #366

    Krafth didn’t put a foot wrong??? Haha behave JAF

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  • Tyran21

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #367

    Funny how Bruce is playing what fans was saying for months, “Push the wingbacks higher”

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #368

    Really Simon? He was at fault for the first goal and every time he gets on the ball I cringe because he is a total liability in defensive situations

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #369

    I’m convinced we can get 3 wins IF we play with that spirit.
    Yesterday proved that our situation is caused by Bruce especially his team selections! How we have missed Ritchie’s energy and Murphy’s skill out wide.
    I think a back 3 of Fedy, Lascelles and Clark is the way forward from now on! Build it from there!

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #370

    Mund.
    Didn’t APPEAR to put a foot wrong completely different sentence..
    Everything is ok though because I know that you value the fact that everyone is entitled to there opinion.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #371

    Jaf
    Did you not see Krafts attempt at clearing the ball for Kane’s first goal. All he had to do was boot it out for a corner!

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  • magscar

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #372

    Geordie

    As i didn’t see full game difficult to commnet on your scores but Kraft made schollboy defensive error for first goal and desreves lowest score

    It was possibly first time those 3 have played in defense together as far as I can recall and they didn’t always gel

    . We will need a composed back 3 4 or 5 ( whatever he goes with) and there will need to be a lot of headed clearances against Burmley although McNeil can be tricky

    Gayle showe d hy despite his good instincts he will never be a regular PL striker.

    Your MOM seems about right but he also missed chances a confident striker would have buried.

    Longstaff did well to stay composed when ball broke to him and insightful pass to Joelinton ( rather thana hurried shot ) who finished calmly

    Mixed bag but maybe an 8 for team – a stretch yeah but feeling generous

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #373

    Krafth was 100% at fault for the first goal – I think he is bloody useless gives stupid fouls away although slightly better as a CB than a RB as he gets exposed all the time … big joe played well for all the lnockers and Murphy had their LB ON TOAST WHICH WAS GOOD TO SEE

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #374

    JAF

    Why go there? Why don’t you just debate your opinion?

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  • cyprus

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #375

    Captain Marvel,
    I’m guessing you didn’t watch yesterday’s match. Joel was easily the best player.

    I know he’s been a major disappointment but in the last few games he’s more than justified his place.

    Who to drop to accommodate Wilson, ASM? Maybe Gayle, ASM and Fraser impact subs. Ritchie and Murphy did that well.

    And bring back Darlow. He was outstanding, he needs to take back no.1.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #376

    Jacob Murphy proves yet again that he is more than worthy of a place in the team. He can beat his man with pace and skill, he is a good crosser of the ball and also has a canny left foot shot to add to his armoury.
    Surely given a decent run in the side would only see him gain in confidence. To keep leaving him out is yet another example of blatant buffoonery from our useless manager.

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  • simon376

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #377

    I think generally at centre half and not right back, the lad tries. Yes he was at fault yesterday, but normally think he tries and does ok, not the best, but at least gives it a go

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #378

    Joelinton can play football there is no doubt about that. He is obviously not a natural goal scorer but being given the No. 9 shirt and the responsibility that goes along with it and then thrown in the deep end to try and justify his price tag with goals has clearly had an effect on his confidence in front of goal.

    Another case of mismanagement by the hapless cabbage headed fool.

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #379

    Simon

    I agree he has heart but that’s not enough at this level mate. He has good moments but he always has a mistake in him and it always seems to cost us.

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #380

    Moonraker
    Yes I saw that.it wasn’t just him there and a bit of a double bounce.
    We should drop him for that major clanger.

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  • magscar

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #381

    Moonraker

    I am used to MOD not getting balance of highlights right and it’s probably not just us although I always feel there are Mackems in editing suite

    I vary between thinking “we have enough with more to come after injuries clear” to “we’re down” because after Southampton performance we get a Brighton one and it really is which team turns up – does my head in

    We struggle for any consistency but i was really pleased to see the guts they showed yesterday especially after going behind so quick – that may be key to us staying up

    Lot of talk of factions in dressing room and noticed who celebrated with Joelinton butLongstaff threw arms into air and stopped short of going over to scorer =maybe just wanting to keep impetus going? Certainly i think that was Willock’s view after his equaliser

    Generally though did seem to play for each other but Lascelles seemed subdued but only going off highlights (?)

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #382

    Mund
    I have absolutely no idea what you are on about.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #383

    Mund, 348 fella, superb management cliche talk there mate!

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #384

    Ok JAF :thumb up thingy:

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #385

    Thumb up thingy
    That’s wearing a bit thin.
    It’s turned into more of an insult.

    10
  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #386

    Munster haha aye true that like tbh

    Regards to us tho we can’t think to far ahead and yesterday was positive all round minute the win. If offered those results on Saturday we would of snapped the hands off for it. So when I say as good as our last game I mean we can at least be positive a little until next game.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #387

    Moon, good to read your optimism again, hopefully you will be proved right.

    On the team choice etc it’s a bit rich of people to say Ritchie should have been featuring. Most people thought he was poor before, lost a yard of pace etc? Most of us scoffed at the team when we read it, but it shows that effort and mental attitude will always beat formation.

    Cant wait to get Wilson back hopefully with the same attacking intent and with maxi and murphy etc.

    In fairness, the camp does not look split and I thought Shelvey was prominent enough.

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #388

    Your words JAF not mine :thumb up thingy:

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #389

    Minus*

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #390

    Get away Mund, you just see yourself in front of a microphone, talking up your kids.bit like pardew:)

    ” I changed it at half time and we was a fret in the second awwf. I like my teams to play on the front foot. Now who’s wife am I sleeping wiv tonight”

    🙂

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #391

    Munster I have more of a face for radio 😉 :thumb up thingy:

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #392

    Jeez at this rate I’m going to have to start praising rafa for signing Murphy 🙂

    2
  • simon376

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #393

    Mund
    I do agree with you, just lately dont think much heart has been shown at all. Think that was the difference yesterday with Ritchie & Murphy in the team, they out heart into the game. I would have played Clark over Kraft but I do think he gets too much stick, yes not the best but does try, we just need better

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #394

    This is where Bruce really boils my Swede man, we had some really good attacking moves yesterday that could easily have resulted in more goals, the formation with murphs and Richie as wing backs looked a lot more attack minded and we actually looked like a balanced team who knew what they were doing (for the most part)

    But you can bet your right testical, we’ll revert back to a solid back 5 with ultra negative defencive crappy tactics against an awful Burnley side who’ve been similar peggings to us this season.

    Why does Bruce always revert back to his ‘play for a nil nil and hope to scab something’ after we play so well? It happened earlier in the season if I remember correctly and it’s one of my many pet peeves.

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #395

    Simon

    Same mate as all I’ve ever wanted to see from the lads who step on the field is hard and fight but we haven’t saw that for months until yesterday. Did you see the clip of Ritchie after he crossed the ball when the camera started on him? Brilliant.

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  • Mund

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #396

    Heart*

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  • Legolas

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #397

    Debate and opinions is what this blog is all about.

    Krafth is awful, his fault for first goal and I cringe when I see him on the team sheet. The only thing is that he can play in a three whereas Manquillo can’t.

    Murphy was outstanding, I have said for months he should be starting, and deserves another contract. I hope he gets one, as Gayle has supposedly been offered one.

    Didn’t have Ritchie starting but he also played well. Always tries and loved his reaction after the goal. Did anyone see the clip?

    Joe from linton can play football, holds the ball up and can beat a man, has no pace and is not a goal scorer. But has a place in the team/squad, I think.

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #398

    Good to finally see us play two actual wingbacks in Murphy and Richie. Both had a good game. Compare and contrast to when we’d play Dummet and Krafth as wingbacks which basically meant five centre halves.

    Krafth was poor for the first and I’d like to have that Dubs could have got something on the second. I don’t want to be too harsh and Shelvey and Lobby but both goals exposed their lack of pace in CM. We’ve been gagging for box to box CM’s with pace and energy for about the the last 12 transfer windows…

    Watched Burnley v Southampton. Will be a very different game. Burnley are so direct and we’ll need the lads at the back to be switched on and strong. If we can do that and play the ball with pace (like Southampton eventually did) we should get a result

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  • Tyran21

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #399

    Wait……..isn’t Ritchie a left wingback for Rafa. Just remembered. Nice, back to where we started. That is improvement right, for Bruce’s quality?

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Apr 5, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #400

    Aye Tyran21,

    Rafa had him as LWB. I’m not saying that it’s a eureka moment and him and Murphy will excel there but so often under Cabbage we’ve played 5 at the back with the wrong people at WB or in an uber-negative 5-4-1 rather than 3-5-2

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