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Bruce Coping With Three Fresh Knocks Ahead Of Crucial Leeds Match



After four matches, Newcastle sit 19th in the EPL table on just one point and a goal difference of -7. It was largely considered a beneficial start when the schedule was released early in the summer.

The Magpies have failed to put in a complete performance with our defensive liabilities on full display. That was again the case this past weekend as we fell 4-1 at Manchester United. Though, the final score was a bit harsh on the lads.

Bruce changed the formation to a 5-4-1 after deploying the 5-3-2 in pre-season and all our matches in August. So the shape-shifting we saw so much of last season has returned. The game plan was effective until The Red Devils found their breakthrough just before the break.

Unfortunately, it was an off-day for Freddie Woodman, who should have done better on Ronaldo’s two strikes. To his credit, the 24-year-old has held his hands up and admitted it was not good enough on his Instagram account which Newcastle have tweeted out.

Freddie’s performance now opens the door for Karl Darlow to get into the team for Leeds on Friday. Bruce has a decision to make in goal and could go with the more experienced Darlow to try and right the ship.

There’s also the uncertainty surrounding Callum Wilson’s thigh strain. His goalscoring ability was a big miss at Old Trafford as Newcastle were able to create plenty of chances. It’s not good news on Callum according to The Athletic as he could be out until October.

David Ornstein has written the following in his report:

Bruce has refused to put a timescale on Wilson’s return but the striker is unlikely to feature against Leeds United, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The situation with Paul Dummett is also a concern. He was back in training and in contention ahead of the Southampton match. Bruce said the following prior to our Carabao Cup defeat against Burnley:

“He only trained yesterday with the group. I think tomorrow will be too early for him but hopefully, he’ll put himself in contention for the weekend – we’ll see how he trains this week.”

However, it appears that he’s suffered a setback with the calf strain that has kept him out of action this season. However, it doesn’t appear to be a major one as he could return for Friday according to various injury sites.

Bruce also confirmed after the Manchester United defeat that all three of his substitutions were forced. Joe Willock, Ciaran Clark, and Javier Manquillo were taken off at Old Trafford due to knocks.

Here is Bruces’s assessment on the trio as published in The Shields Gazette:

“Yes, we have a disappointed dressing room, one with a few knocks.

“Joe Willock, Ciaran Clark, in particular, and Manqy (Manquillo). We’ll have to see how they are. Let’s hope they’re OK.”

Hopefully, they are only suffering from minor knocks and will be in contention for the massive match against Leeds on Friday. Bruce could face an angry crowd at St. James’ Park if Newcastle don’t put in a complete performance.

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90 comments so far

  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #41

    Not even a Ron Knee obituary this morning to cheer me up.

    🙁

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #42

    ”If they had Wilson,” it’s not like we do half the time! If you are injury prone the last person you need as coach is dinosaur bruce

    Hoboken,

    Sam is done now. Memories of ”you don’t know what you’re doing”, people ripping up season tickets in front of him and him buying people like geremi on huge wages for years. Nah….no thanks. Gio or Howe for me. Shame Charnley has barely heard of them let alone LeFavre.

    Incidentally is your moniker gary Numan?

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  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #43

    For clarity, I meant a post from our learned friend. Not his demise!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #44

    Wor B

    Yeah I noticed that, Ron does like letting us know who’s departed. Sadly I’ve never heard of half of them mind.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #45

    LCBP,
    Exactly my thoughts, if he was so determined to sell what better way to do it than with a world class manager and a healthy well maintained squad of players. Why would it make a difference signing a 30 year old Rondon at half the price of Joelinton if you were sure you’d be handing the keys over. Imo he had no intention of selling and planned to run us the way he has been as a nice little cash cow with someone like Bruce with a job for life.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #46

    Is it not Frank Sinartra.

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  • Wor B

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #47

    RH

    HoboKen’s pic is a youthful Frank Sinatra.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #48

    Ah yes I see that now

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  • Tyran21

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #49

    Rotonda heights

    All Bruce’s team plays like headless chickens too.

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  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #50

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Why did Ashley want to change Rafa’s terms?

    Simply because he knew Rafa wouldn’t accept them and walk.

    Job done. More brilliance from Ashley.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #51

    https://twitter.com/fewpints/status/1437105153635667969?s=20
    There you go WorB this might cheer you up or not.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #52

    @Jail

    I think Ashley listened to a lot of the media saying that Rafa didn’t do that great a job with us and thought he could hire someone like Bruce who would basically do the same job

    While points wise it may look like he did a similar job to the untrained eye we have under performed in every available metric which has now caught up with us with no players worth selling and a coach unable to stop the slide to relegation unless we do something like sack him or buy new players(which we can’t now do!)

    4
  • WLtoon

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #53

    Things are that bad at the club now that posters continually harp on about a man who led us to mid table mediocrity as if we were lge champions playing world class football. we achieved neither, but even that mediocrity is a pipe dream compared to the shit show we are witnessing right now.
    The fans ambitions these days are slowly but surely hitting a new low if achieving mid table averageness is deemed a roaring success.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #54

    Was Steve Cooper at Old Trafford to do an assessment on Bruce and tell whoever is actually running our club what a better job he could do, here’s hoping.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #55

    WLtoon,
    What did you expect him to achieve after promotion, top six? Bielsa spent £105M coming out of the championship and was hailed for finishing 9th. Rafa finished with more points, goals and less conceded in his second season, again, what did you expect him to do. There is no doubt that if he’d been given the £160M Bruce had to spend as he saw fit then we’d be comfortably top eight and in a position to go for the cups.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #56

    Sky Sports “Thoughts on the Leeds game Steve?”

    Bruce “They are a wonderful side, packed with internationals. Huge club. It is going to be very difficult to compete with them. Unfortunately, we have been hit with injuries and Covid. I’ve told the boys to try and keep the score down and hopefully Allan can nick a goal because goal difference will be a big factor for us this season.”

    Sky Sports “You don’t think Newcastle can win?”

    Bruce “Look, we are here to make up the numbers. Everyone knows that. We have put good things in place for the Championship next season. Looking forward to that. Less Keyboard warriors, and less fans at the games. God I hate the fans.”

    Sky Sports “What is the mood like in the dressing room?”

    Bruce “No idea. Haven’t been in there since last summer”

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  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #57

    This picture sums everything up.

    (And I’m no Rafa fan)

    https://ibb.co/xgwxPhj

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #58

    Think we need to get as many big men as possible on the pitch Friday night, Leeds still look vulnerable from set pieces. Wonder if Bruce would give Gillespie a go up front.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #59

    If Cooper really was at the game to study the team then he’s already put in more work than Bruce has done in 3 years so well done

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #60

    Bruce looks like a clapped out bouncer, wonder if he tells the players if your names not on the list then you’re not in the team.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #61

    LCBP would you have him as new manager?

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  • WLtoon

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #62

    Jail

    £160M, are you including Joe in that spend? He was on his way here before Bruce joined the club.
    I am not defending Bruce here, ile make it quite clear, he is the worst coach/ manager we have had at the club, but we finished well last season and ended up 12th, if RB had of achieved that at in the same fashion he would be hailed as a genius by some on here.
    We were poor to watch in the champo with arguably the best squad by a mile compared to the rest of the clubs, and it would of been deemed a huge failure if we had not been promoted.
    What did i expect from the team when we were promoted? Just about where we finished, mid table, playing dull but effective football, well drilled but turgid at times.
    If that is deemed a success then crack on mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #63

    TTB@W ARMY,
    Didn’t Bruce say last year that he’s got too much on his plate to know that Leeds were vulnerable against set pieces.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #64

    WLtoon,
    I am quoting the figures issued by the club that they claim has been spent since the summer of 2019. Regardless of who Bruce had a say and who he didn’t, my point is that had Rafa of been allowed to spend that money as he saw fit then we’d be in a much better place.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #65

    WLtoon,
    Of course consolidating your place in the league after promotion in a healthy tenth place is a success. If you think otherwise then I think you’ve lost touch with reality.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #66

    And if Rafa had of been backed with £160M over two years then I don’t think anyone would be calling 12th a success, certainly not the man himself.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #67

    Jail you’re right there he did but busy doing what.
    Personally think quite a few games were exciting in that Championship season
    6-0 away win at QPR
    4-3 home win over Norwich
    1-1 home draw against Leeds (should have won this game at a canter).

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #68

    And if Rafa had of been backed with £160M over two years then I don’t think anyone would be calling 12th a success, certainly not the man himself.

    This 100%. And the key difference is HOW and WHY the money is spent. Money to improve the team or money to but players who can hopefully be sold for more money.

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  • TheTinman

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #69

    Have to agree with Jail on this one. The Benitez football was pragmatic and at times boring. But at least there was a clear identity and organisation.

    10th as a newly promoted side is a great result. And consolidating that in the 2nd season (which is often considered tougher than year 1) is another great result.

    The performances were becoming slightly more attractive and with a bit of investment I’m sure we would have been a stable top half club. At that point you can start to play a little bit more eye catching football and have a bit of a go in one or two of the cups.

    Rafa, although never my favourite, was doing a steady, but excellent job.

    Ancelotti got Everton to 10th.

    Rafa has spent a reported -£4m on transfers this window (Gray £2m, Keane loand fee £6m). Let’s see how he gets on.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #70

    TTB@W ARMY,
    There was loads of good games but people seem to want their cake and eat it. Most points, joint most goals and joint least conceded, really not sure how anyone can have any complaints with that. Generally you’ll find a team with most goals has conceded a few more than their rivals and vice versa. To have the best of both is a remarkable achievement.

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  • WLtoon

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #71

    Jail,

    You are a huge RB fan, nothing wrong with that, but there are plenty of fans who weren`t Rafa worshipers, me being one of them.
    We were average at best under Benitez, were never good to watch, and is pure conjecture to say he would of achieved this or that with more money to spend, he might of , but then again he might not of, we will never know.
    if KK or SBR had the same squad as RB i think we would of had a better season, we would certainly of been better to watch.
    Just my opinion, Rafa was a far safer pair of hands than the imbecile we have here now, but some on here give him god like status for achieving mid table mediocrity, way OTT imo.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #72

    Jail it says it all when after a win away our end was still packed out well after the game singing Rafa Benitiz.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #73

    WLtoon,
    Let’s see how he does at Everton with the same squad bar £2M worth of players that the the current Real Madrid boss got to tenth.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #74

    If the football was so gawd awful then why was every game home and away a sellout bar the odd one or two.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #75

    WLtoon,
    He wasn’t given that respect for his mid table finishes, he was given it for what he wanted to achieve, for telling us what we could achieve. Look at the stark contrast in that image DMicky posted. It was how he got the club and the fans more than this current clown ever will.

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  • Jimmy Mac74

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #77

    WLT

    As much as we all loved KK and SBR, they would defo not have done as well as RB with the players he had. That squad required drilled, pragmatic football to succeed due to the limitations forced upon it by the owner.

    Pardew’s 5th place squad under SBR would have been something to witness mind. But the problem would then be that SBR would have walked when he was handed Vernon f’in Anita as the sole piece of summer business.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #78

    The acid test for a new manager has to be one that the players respect and will give everything for.

    That means 3 Steves and Graham Jones have to depart, the later to take up a position with a decent club in the Championship, League One or Scotland.

    The former ( at least Bruce ) to retire and maybe join Bein.
    It’s the though that counts.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #79

    For me it’s not just about the points both achieved, it was the relationship Rafa had with the fans. He mirrored what we wanted, a better team, better facilities and a better owner (it was him who invited Amanda Staveley to that home game against Liverpool). I will always be eternally grateful for him getting us back up, another manager would have cracked under the pressure I think. I will tell you something else as well if Ashley wasn’t here, Benitiz would be our manager again now.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #80

    Cooper isn’t for us either.
    Certainly not the Shamman.

    We need a Gerrard type leader, one who has been there, done it and takes no prisoners, but stands by his men.

    Respect is good.
    We have none at the moment, none, zilch, zippo.

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