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Bruce Laments Below Par Performance As An Opportunity Is Missed Against The Gunners



A disappointed Steve Bruce has spoken to NUFC TV after today’s 2-0 defeat at home against Arsenal.

It was a self-destructive start as the Magpies were stagnant out of the box. Arsenal immediately pounced on the passive Magpies and found their breakthrough very early in the match.

Bruce wanted to take advantage of Arsenal’s congested schedule with them competing in Europe mid-week. However, the lads failed to show up and were soon down 1-0 in the opening minutes.

This was Bruce’s take on today’s proceedings:

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up as Arsenal were better than us on the day. We knew to beat Arsenal we had to play well. We had to match where we’ve been and unfortunately we weren’t.

“The goal after four minutes set us back because the one thing we wanted to do was to start aggressively, be on the front foot against them because let’s be fair, they’ve been all over Europe this week.”

Newcastle showed very little in the first half as they struggled to fashion any chances. However, it wasn’t a complete collapse like we’ve seen on occasion this season. Newcastle were basically outplayed and outcoached and had no answers to turn the game around.

The second half was marginally better but Arsenal keeper Mathew Ryan was rarely ever tested. When the Gunners bagged their second goal, the sails went completely limp for the Magpies until very late in the match when they pushed forward with four strikers on the pitch.

Bruce said the following about our lack of a threat in the final third:

“Just after halftime, I thought we had our best spell of the game. But unfortunately, they went up the other end of the pitch and scored.

“We huffed and puffed all afternoon. We didn’t really have that penetration going forward like we have had of late.

“I thought Allan (Saint-Maximin) did all his best work too deeply. He went searching for the ball in deeper areas which is something we can work on and keep him higher up the pitch.”

Finally, Bruce bemoaned the lost opportunity today. A win would have seen Newcastle up to 13th in the table and 12 points clear of Fulham. However, the performance was nowhere near good enough for a result.

Bruce said the following when asked about getting as many points as possible to close the season:

“Of course, we have to. The disappointing thing for me is we could have been 13th today.

“We knew we had to play well. We didn’t. We didn’t play well enough to beat a very good Arsenal team on the day.”

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293 comments so far

  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t vote for any player today. Not worth it. Bruce has zero impact on performances. Pot luck what team turns up and reliant on a bit of genius from one or two to get any points. At what point does he reflect on how often this happens.

    16
  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #2

    First number 1.
    Time to hang me boots up!

    1
  • John Tudor

    May 2, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Fork off Bruce

    4
  • lochinvar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Bruce just give up, please go away.
    Pretty please.
    I’ve heard this all before.

    5
  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Everyone’s gone for a lie down to recover. Don’t blame them.

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  • lochinvar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Listening to Premier League day broadcast on 693am

    Man U Fans apparently incenced by 16 years of suspect ownership.
    Many accusing Man U of illegal practices in Influencing the EPL and UEFA amongst other.

    Not only do they nerd to be investigated in their role of stopping the NUFC takeover they need the Fraud Squad in there, Sky and the like will now need to sue the dot damages caused by non fulfilling their fixtures. As will the FA need to deduct points and fine them and relegate them as they have failed to enable the fixture to take place.

    Fulham have good right now to demand to retail their status in the Premiership.

    God forbid what might have happened or will happen when they can have 25,000 fans back in the stadium for end of season games.

    If other clubs are subsequently denied fans in grounds and that affects the league positions what then.?

    10, 000 inside SJP for the Sheffield game is going to be interesting.

    Protests against Ashley.
    Campaigning for Bruce out.
    Accusations of corruption against the EPL.

    The slimy six have caused mayhem
    They need to be made accountable

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  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Playing golf with a gooner tomorrow. Could be a long round!

    1
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol who voted for schar ?

    He was only on the pitch about 10 minutes !!

    1
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    TPM

    If you just want children you can have my four.

    🙂

    2
  • Toon67

    May 2, 2021 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    So who did you put on to change the game Steve Cabbage, bleedin Schär and Joe bleedin Linton! Anderson played well in that game at Arsenal yet he hasn’t had a look in since!

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  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Onmeedsun

    Seems like a good time to develop gout.

    😉

    3
  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #12

    WorB
    Tempting. We don’t like playing in rain so may be reprieve yet, but I’m one of those golfers that needs to play twice a week just to be vaguely competent on the course. Never quite know what player’s going to turn up.

    1
  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #13

    lochinvar,

    Did the Man U fans actually mention our takeover on 693 and the interference from the greedy 6 to stop it ?

    2
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Rom

    To be fair can you think of any other noteworthy moment in the match down to us other than Schar’s sending off? 🙂

    1
  • RToon

    May 2, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Typical standard Bruce performance.

    We could all see 3 at the back was pointless up against 1 striker. Ment that we were out-numbered elsewhere on the pitch.

    Bruce was clueless to change it till the last 10 mins.

    2
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Wor

    Aye true mate 🙂

    1
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Just voted.

    Schar it is then.

    5
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #18

    I voted view results

    5
  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #19

    So part of the PL O&D test is to stop owners putting the future of clubs in jeopardy by excessive borrowing and having excessive amount of debt, to not survive beyond their means.
    There are 3 clubs at least right there that are doing just that, step forward the PL hierarchy and get it sorted.

    8
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Rom

    View Results would be on the bench every time for me mate.

    Wait til they tire then bosh, job done!

    1
  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Has Rio come out yet to tell the Manure fans to empty their piggy banks if they want their club back. It’s exactly what he told us to do. Ignorant pr*ck.

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  • lochinvar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Wltoon
    Need you ask
    Not a Dicky bird

    Comment #13
    loch

    Did the Man U fans actually mention our takeover on 693 and the interference from the greedy 6 to stop it ?

    1
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Wor

    View results always gets results mate

    2
  • magscar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Typical Bruce – “we didn’t play well” – you think?

    Good insight that most of us fans would have missed never having been in the Profesional game like you and your pundit mates

    So what part did you play in mitigating yet another poor start – reshaping side /formation on the hoof, making effective and prompt subs, telling players not to drop deep and to press their backline, get ASM on ball more

    – yeah all of that and more – not!!

    Having said that (and not to excuse him or players but us fans’ forlorn hope) like most of the sides in regular European competition Arsenal have a big squad and if were honest how many of their “reserves ” would we like in our first team

    Arsenal have been under achieving and as usual we provided the perfect tonic for any teams that

    – haven’t won many

    – Not being scoring many

    – Conceding too many

    – players needing first PL goal

    – a player not having scored
    etc etc

    Hayden is a big miss and even a raw Matty in for his brother or Shelvey would have put some intent into our second rate centre midfield which is a gift that keeps on giving

    Anway could see the defeat a few weeks ago ( as most did) but just unhappy with our lackadaisical performance and continued inability to retain ball, pass to each other and do damage in last 3rd

    Wish the dose of reality that we are regularly subjected to made a difference to Manager coaches and players

    4
  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Loch,

    Cheers fella

    2
  • magscar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #26

    OP

    Did you get your forecast in yet

    0
  • magscar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #27

    As to Anderson – looks promisng but don’t want him Bruced

    0
  • lukes26

    May 2, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #28

    onmeedsun

    rio was correct. it is ashleys club. you can say its the fans club..but that’s just not true. never has been.

    what you want to be true and what is true are two vastly different things. I apologize that reality is reality.

    ashley wants to sell & cannot get it offloaded. thats where things stand.

    2
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Last time I listen to Jail.

    That’s a ten bob note I’ll never see again.

    🙁

    4
  • lochinvar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m driving but call 08085 909693 Radio 5 live

    Man U have shown contempt for all clubs and fans in attempting to have their debts paid off by potentiall accepting £300m to join the ESL and appoint their own man as vice president.

    They have by all accounts interfered in the takeover of Newcastle by Influencing the EpL

    They have failed to put in place sufficient provision for today’s game to be played so are liable for that which is points deductions and fines.

    Clubs like Fulhham have grounds for demanding Man U are ejected from the Premiership.

    20
  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31

    The postponed game today just increases the chances of Fulham getting points against Manure at the end of the season. Manure will only be bothered by the Europa final then, never mind squeezing a game in against the bindippers. Lucky Fulham.

    7
  • WWSBRD

    May 2, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    As bad as we have been all season. On the beach already

    That squad needs an overhaul and a lot better manager

    1
  • lukes26

    May 2, 2021 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #33

    I just watched the game & really only one thing stood out.

    No one wanted to pass the ball to Longstaff. Ive always liked both Longstaff brothers…But I do take that as a sign that hes possibly seen as a weak link by his peers.

    I remember noticing the same thing with young adam Campbell whenever he got some time. No one would pass to him either.

    Maybe a bit too slow in possession..not a good sign

    1
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #34

    SB…

    “We knew we had to play well. We didn’t. We didn’t play well enough to beat a very good Arsenal team on the day.”

    Don’t know if he actually believes this guff or he’s just trotting out the usual clichés.

    A very good Arsenal team would have got near to double figures against us today.

    Buffoon.

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  • magscar

    May 2, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Luke ‘

    Of late Longstaff is caught in possession, gives wrong pass or just gives it away

    Confidence?

    Playing alongside Shelvey ( which I don’t think any of us ever saw as an effective partnership)?

    Just had a brief good spell like many young players who aren’t consistent?

    Simply not yet good enough in a struggling side in a key role for us?

    Would like him back to how he was under Rafa with Hayden alongside but gets less and less a possibility especialy if he has to play alongside his Captain

    6
  • Wor B

    May 2, 2021 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #36

    magscar

    nail, head, the, hit, on.

    coffee break clue.

    😉

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  • Moonraker15

    May 2, 2021 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s sometimes hard to get just how incompetent Bruce is!
    How many times has he played 3 defenders with wing backs when the opposition had 1 striker?
    Ffs Man City play 4 at the back and push 1 into midfield (Cancello)
    We always get overrun in midfield!
    How come the idiot doesn’t know how to change it?

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  • Moonraker15

    May 2, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #38

    And Longstaff is pathetic!

    7
  • magscar

    May 2, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Wor B

    Gizza a clue then – I’m frazzled here
    🙂

    1
  • Moonraker15

    May 2, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #40

    I footin hate it when Bruce refers to “big clubs” like Arsenal! They were 11th in the table ffs what’s that got to do with their size?

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