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Bruce Confident He Can Get The Magpies Back Firing Over The Next Few Weeks



After weeks of producing clear-cut chances, Newcastle were toothless in attack against Arsenal on Sunday. It mirrored some dreadful times this season when the lads struggled to offer any threat upfront.

Hopefully, Sunday’s disappointing defeat will serve as yet another wake-up call in a season of alarms. Newcastle can ill-afford go into another prolonged attacking funk over the final four matches of the campaign.

We’ve got some difficult matches over the next two weeks. Offering a threat at the top end of the pitch is going to be vital for any hopes of a result against Leicester City or Manchester City.


Steve Bruce had started our star duo of Callum Wilson and Saint-Maximin for the first time since February. After the consistent attacking displays over the previous four weeks, having the pair in the team for the full 90 minutes seemed a dangerous proposition for the Arsenal defense.

However, the two forwards were rendered largely ineffective as they were starved of service. Saint-Maximin was forced to drop deep to get the ball at his magical feet. He still managed 8 dribbles but was held in check for the most part. Wilson ended up with just 1 shot and only 19 touches.

That will have to be worked out this week for any chance against the Foxes on Friday. The positive news is everyone seemingly came through unscathed though we did lose Fabian Schar for the next three weeks with his unfortunate sending off.

There’s no doubt Newcastle are a much better team with Wilson and Saint-Maximin as the focus of the attack despite the anemic performance on Sunday. Bruce seems confident that it was just a minor blip that can be sorted out for the upcoming matches.

This is what the head coach said about his two forwards as published in The Chronicle:

“We didn’t create enough for them did we? We could visibly see we’re a bigger threat.

“They had a difficult day you know. Allan has produced magic in the last few weeks but it didn’t quite happen, but hey we are better with them in the team.

“We’ll get better in the next few weeks I am sure about that.”

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33 comments so far

  • Optimistic prime

    May 4, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    For a second I thought the headline read

    “BRUCE FIRED FROM MAGPIES IN NEXT FEW WEEKS”

    Gutted it doesn’t.

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  • Adamn_92

    May 4, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    “Allan has produced magic in the last few weeks”

    Nice to see Bruce realise that the only reason for an upturn in results is because of ASM producing something from nothing. Not because he’s turned the team around. So god knows why he’s sure we’ll get better in the next few weeks, we haven’t got better all season but yes i’m sure it’ll happen in the last few weeks. Idiot.

    It’ll be the same, if we get a decent result it’ll be individual brilliance from ASM or a Wilson goal completely against the run of play. The other team will dominate but not score or Dubravka will have a good game. It’ll be the usual ol dross performance and clueless setup from Bruce though. Now that’s something you can be sure of.

    12
  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    LCBP

    Ironically Bruce the worst coach ever, has been one of only 2, the other being McLaren, who have actually enjoyed some backing from Ashley.

    2
  • wartongeordie

    May 4, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Really interested to see if anyone agrees with this.
    Play a strong team against Leicester and if we get a result we are virtually safe but if we lose and Fulham or wet brom get a win we should save the big guns for Sheffield utd and Fulham and play the kids against man City as we probably have no chance against them and we have picked up injuries against them in the past, wouldn’t want to need a result at the end without Wilson or ASM.

    6
  • Reilly

    May 4, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    That comment from bruce summons up managerial career in one.
    No tactics no organisation,just hope for a player to have a blinder.

    7
  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    According to wor lass ‘s phone health app.. She walked 3,574 steps around that buffet last night!..so that’s pretty good!!

    5
  • The Ledge

    May 4, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    https://www.google.ie/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/14794639/rangers-newcastle-norwich-doekhi-vitesse/amp/

    The Chronicle are even slower than the Sun 6 days ago this article was released.

    1
  • Reilly

    May 4, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    *up his

    0
  • Reilly

    May 4, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    The Ledge. Chronicle first put the story out on the 28th April and reposted again today.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0h7DrAX0AEIU8j?format=jpg&name=small

    2
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 4, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    When Bruce was being coached under Sir Alex I imagine that was all that he took in from the training sessions “pass it to the better players and you sit back and defend” would have been the instructions from Kidd and Ferguson!

    He would probably then go for a bath when they were actually doing the tactics and passing drills seeing as he didn’t need to know that side of it

    2
  • Reilly

    May 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    McLaren
    @McLarenF1
    · 41m
    McLaren Racing and Castore have announced a multi-year partnership that will see Castore become the Official Team Apparel and Sportswear Partner for the McLaren Formula 1 team for the 2022 F1 season.

    4
  • geordietom

    May 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    just read thru all the comments ,

    1 how to make the perfect cup of tea

    2 word of the day

    3 no arguments

    4 people saying if bruce is here next season thats it for them

    5 the FROG was sober

    6 talk of Maxi being sold for £ 50 million

    have i missed owt ?

    yea forgot morning lads and lasses …

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Wor B,
    Fear not the Rev Jim formerly known as Bianconeri is alive and well but staying away as he is thoroughly peed off at the behaviour of certain posters.

    8
  • Mund

    May 4, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Reilly

    That’s give them a bit more of a backing if McLaren are getting involved with them.

    Gives them a bit more credential

    2
  • lesh

    May 4, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    bettyswallock

    Your contributions seem a bit err, shall we say inspired…… by Froggy perhaps?

    Still pi$$ed are we?

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    May 4, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Bottom line, we need to beat SU – whatever it takes, this is the result we need, achieve this and Bruce has succeeded in fulfilling his contractual role, and God help the rest of us 🙁

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  • Mund

    May 4, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    If everyone stays away because they don’t like a certain poster/s the blog would be full of tumbleweeds

    4
  • geordietom

    May 4, 2021 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    I saw a “Missing Dog” poster
    It read:

    **Missing Dog!**

    Description :

    * Male Labrador
    * 3 years old
    * Missing an ear
    * Missing a leg
    * Partially sighted
    * Has lost large portion of his tail
    * Castrated
    * Has onset of mange

    * Answers to the name of “Lucky”

    1
  • The Ledge

    May 4, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Reilly my bad they were only 30 mins slower

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    May 4, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Just long enough to copy and paste 😆

    2
  • geordietom

    May 4, 2021 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    when maxi plays it looks like the other players have been told give him the ball see what he can do , other teams double up on maxi so does bruce not see whats happening its simple enough to see , does bruce not know how to change tactics through out the game seems like he doesnt …

    4
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 4, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    @Reilly Mund

    Correct me if I am wrong but do the PIF not also invest in those F1 brands?

    Would be an interesting development if the 2 of them suddenly are involved in the same thing wouldn’t it!?

    3
  • Mund

    May 4, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Lee

    It certainly would mate. I don’t see no connection as yet tho

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    @Reilly

    Yeah so not the team but the overall tournament

    Don’t really recall amnesty international etc being that bothered about that right enough

    3
  • Mund

    May 4, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    One to keep a close eye on me think lads.

    Regardless of any connection for me it puts to bed that it’s another Ashley tat endeavour.

    McLaren are one of the biggest racing teams of all time and if it’s good enough for them it’s most definitely good enough for us.

    2
  • Reilly

    May 4, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Only kicked off with us.It will be the same with Fury AJ fight.
    They will make 1 statement of discust,but with us it was endless.

    5
  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Yes Lesh………… I did have a rather heavy session yesterday and was somewhat disorientated this morning.
    Kerb-crawling is a ridiculous thing to have a law against.

    I’d have thought public drunkenness laws would have covered it.

    4
  • geordietom

    May 4, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    reilly …

    only kicked off with us , yep they certainly did big style ..

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    May 4, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #31

    Date for your calendars- Saturday 15th May, Fulham unable to win @ Southampton makes us mathematically safe!

    You heard it here 1st.

    Although my record for predictions is bloody awful 😆

    1
  • lesh

    May 4, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #32

    bettyswallocks

    I think it’s fair to say that many of us have been there.

    😉

    0
  • idahomagpie

    May 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Did anyone re-watch Schar’s ‘foul’? Surely management must’ve asked the big boys to look at it again and decide if it truly was a red. The commentators said his ‘studs were up’ but I think that was not accurate… we need Schar on the field for the next few games!

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