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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

  • Romford mag

    May 3, 2021 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #201

    Anyway

    NY

    Good night mate take care and be safe 🙂

    Same to anyone lurking

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  • NY Mag

    May 3, 2021 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #202

    Rom,

    I’m obviously positively biased.

    But, our form over the last five games is the best of the teams in the bottom seven.

    The next best form team is west brom, we should take notice of that.
    They’re a bigger threat than Fulham.

    For all the doom and gloom, we’re on the same points as burnley, one point behind Brighton and Southampton and two points behind crystal palace.

    None of those are safe yet…all to play for.
    We had a bad day today….we move onto the next one, it’s not what I want, but it is the reality.

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  • NY Mag

    May 3, 2021 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #203

    Rom,

    Goodnight mate….take care

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  • Romford mag

    May 3, 2021 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #204

    NY

    Just disappointed with the performance today is all mate !

    But I’ll get over it until next time 😉

    Good night mate 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    May 3, 2021 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #205

    Rom,

    Understandable……..we build ourselves up, only to be let down.

    Take care bud, enjoy the holiday tomorrow (today)

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2021 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #206

    NY, no way the club tries hard enough. Whether that’s purely down to Ashley I don’t know, but I don’t know that Bruce and Charnley try hard enough to push Ashley either. I’d suggest they don’t. Although we are talking an immoveable object here. Still if you’re not seen to do it, you appear complicit.

    1
  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #207

    We were shiteshoiteshit….Aubemayangaboombang …crap…crap….crap

    3
  • Romford mag

    May 3, 2021 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #208

    Prince’s

    Now that’s hitting the nail on the head right there 😉

    Good night all ( again !) 🙂

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #209

    Shares red was harsh.. yellow yes..but red??. Mike Dean loves the cameras so therefore should have one implicated up his rear rectum

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #210

    Nite Romford….thanks

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    May 3, 2021 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #211

    So this was the attacking football we were told we’d see when we had Maximin-Almiron-Wilson in the same team? Looked more like good old fashioned Brucieball to me.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    May 3, 2021 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #212

    Both times Jones changed tactics we did really well, playing attacking high press fun football, but with each passing game we made little tweeks that took us closer and closer to Brucieball. Eventually after starting with the 433 with wingbacks we’d got to a flat back four, Almiron back in midfield and we played full on Brucie tactics vs Villa, WBA, and Brighton. Cue, Jones’ next tactic change, sacrificing an attacker to have 3 at back and regain the attacking wingbacks. Each game since Spurs we have got slightly worse, slightly more defensive, and slightly closer to what we generally see under Bruce. The next two games against Leicester and Man City will be very tough. Let’s hope Fulham mess up in one of their games against Burnley or Southampton so we can relax and not have to worry about beating Sheff Utd.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #214

    I’m embarrassed after that MAN U protest.
    But not only in the obvious way.
    Embarrassed at being shown up.
    The Newcastle fan base had power in their hands on several occasions over the last few years. And collective sat on their hands.
    Man U fans did wrong. Mob rule, thuggery, chaos etc
    Call it what you like.
    But there are enough of them them who care more about their club.. to go out of their way to take a stand.
    Like Liverpool did. Like Rangers did.
    And they forced change.
    We have just taken it.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 3, 2021 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #215

    Yesterday’s game was lost before the players came on the pitch.
    Don’t know if they thought they were safe
    Someone put something in their water.
    Or the team talk.

    Look sh*t scared of Arsenal from the atrt – gave them to much space and respect from the start.

    If we stay up got to have a total overhaul of the midfield as it is not Premiership standard – old, slow lack movement passing ability and a football brain.

    Any way what is the Premiership going to do with the Greedy Six and Man Utd in particular after yesterday???

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #216

    And we are left waiting to see if Ashley will finally get bored or see an opportunity to find another host to o bleed. Or if financial conditions or world events might save us.
    Meek.

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  • toonbrother

    May 3, 2021 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #217

    This match showed how subpar our midfield is without Hayden
    We were completely outclassed by Xhaka & ceballos
    Switch back to to 4 man back four and Start Willock
    Or we will lose the rest of the games this season

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  • Tyran21

    May 3, 2021 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #218

    Almiron playing so deep, enough said. #bruceout

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  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #219

    I’ll be interested to hear what that curly lipped gobshite Rio Ferdinand has to say about Man U fans.
    (Glazers) they own the club, they can do as they please?
    Does he wonder ‘what do they want’? Or think the fans should put their money where there mouth is?
    Tool.

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  • toonbrother

    May 3, 2021 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #220

    Just a fat Dave Basset
    Comment #212

    spot on !
    We need to get back to Jones’ aggressive tactics
    with 4 at the back
    I reckon Bruce is worried about playing 4 at the back without Lascelles

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  • The mighty wyn

    May 3, 2021 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #221

    Part of the problem is we dont have a good enough RB to play 4 at the back. Similarly we dont have good enough midfield players full stop

    1
  • Not another deJong

    May 3, 2021 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #222

    Will those NUFC supporters that remonstrate that there is more than one club called ‘United’ and like to espouse their proud Geordie roots, be the same people that walk into the home game with Sheffield?

    The ticket allocation has not been decided as yet, but surely as there will only be a small fraction of the seating available a division is created between supporters. As a unified base do we congratulate the ‘haves’ for their good fortune, or all stand as one with the ‘have nots’?

    Over the last season and a bit, we have viewed our club play football without being in the stadium. We have all seen how the performances have been effected by the ownership policy, witnessed the greed perpetuated within the league and expressed our anger at the inept leadership of the Premiership.

    Surely, a small group of united supporters can do without going to one individual match?

    3
  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #223

    Not another de Jong
    Sadly mate, even if the fans made that sacrifice and I very much doubt there will be a ticket spare) there would be minimal impact at this time.
    Not an ideal time for a boycott.
    Grounds will look emptyish anyway, with the crowd limitations / distancing etc.
    Cameras and attention will be on the return of fans up and down the country and world wide.

    The broadcast companies have had a good amount of time to perfect their doctoring of stadium atmospheres, and I reckon they will find a way to nullify the effect of low attendances too.

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  • Optimistic prime

    May 3, 2021 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #224

    If you’re embarrassed by the Man U protests, maybe you should have joined in when people organised them against Ashley.

    All talk no action, easy to write your displeasure online, obviously too hard for many to get off their arses and join in.

    All the moaning is just giving me more respect for the few who bothered to get off their arses to stand up to Ashley.

    People make time or make excuses!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 3, 2021 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #225

    I’m no fan of Bruce but…

    When we play well it’s all down to Jones.

    And when we play shyt it’s all down to Bruce.

    Work that one out.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 3, 2021 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #226

    We need a total revamp of midfield for next season.

    Mind…

    I’ve been saying that since we came back up.

    1
  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #227

    OP
    I assume you are directing that at me then, since you repeated my words?

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    May 3, 2021 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #228

    Sing

    Yourself and several posters from last night.

    Many tried to get people on here to join in, were shot down in flames.

    As many against as for.

    At ALL of these protests and ALL the meetings to organise them the NO1 priority was NO TROUBLE.

    No vandalism violence etc, which may have muted a lot of the hatred but I understand their stance.

    The reaction against Nufc fans if they’d behaved anything like Man U fans would have been hostile to say the least.

    I’m disappointed in the reaction to our fans and the protests, then and now!

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #229

    Does anyone else on he

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  • Optimistic prime

    May 3, 2021 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #230

    I’m not out to open old wounds, yet several posters on here were against protests and actively disrupted any talk and ridiculed those trying to do something.

    4
  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #231

    Whoops
    Does anyone else on here think Mike Dean looks and behaves like a Jasper Carrot character??

    2
  • sing in the corner

    May 3, 2021 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #232

    OP
    Well you are wrong.
    Talking rubbish there.
    How do you infer I wasn’t then?
    I was at protests, including ones where there weren’t even 100 there. In the pissing rain. With other Newcastle people walking on by laughing etc.
    For your information.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #233

    Charlie@215
    Yes..we all know what needs to be done,but with this owner???

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    May 3, 2021 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #234

    Sing

    Doesn’t make me any less disappointed.

    You may have went, many didn’t, I and several others went to most, Genj went above and beyond.

    Getting on people’s cases just makes them more against what protesters were trying to do.

    I understand where you’re coming from, yet if you’ve read ilovetoons post, you should understand where I’m coming from.

    Organising the protests was a bit like the blog, everyone had their own opinion, many couldn’t see past their own and NO ONE likes to be told what to do.

    The Man U reaction was more down to them being in lockdown for so long, I dare say We’d have got numbers and a reaction like that if it had happened at same time.

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  • Optimistic prime

    May 3, 2021 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #235

    I’ve seen Man U and Liverpool fans Stone opposition coaches in recent years.

    Not sure about you lot but I wasn’t embarrassed Nufc fans don’t behave like them.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 3, 2021 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #236

    Sing@232
    Ñice one,just hope your dedication is repaid in the not too distant future??

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  • Mund

    May 3, 2021 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #237

    Bills

    It drives me nuts on here that. If we win all praise to Jones but if we lose its Bruce’s fault? Never heard so much codswallop.

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    May 3, 2021 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #238

    Ashley would have a field day if protesters wrecked the ground.

    Play right into his hands.

    How many years have we been told we should be thankful etc?

    Imagine if we bit the hand they tell us feeds us.

    We’d be the scum of world football.

    1
  • Mund

    May 3, 2021 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #239

    No we just knock out horses 😆

    0
  • Mund

    May 3, 2021 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #240

    Errrmmm we are already looked at by the majority of fanbases as the deluded mad lot

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