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Bruce Pleased With Reaction After Difficult Start



Newcastle managed to pick up a point against Leeds last night. After a poor start in which the visitors took an early lead, the lads reacted very well to get something out of the match.

It was one for the neutrals as both clubs had plenty of chances in an end-to-end battle at St. James’ Park. Leeds could have put the game to bed in the first half if they took their chances. However, Newcastle kept pushing and Allan Saint-Maximin found the leveler out of nothing just before the break.

There were no goals in the second half which wasn’t quite as chaotic as the first half. Steve Bruce had pushed Isaac Hayden into the midfield after a worrying first 20 minutes and continued with that approach after the break.

It made a difference as Newcastle put in a very solid display but couldn’t find a second goal to grab the three points. After the match, Bruce as pleased with the reaction and admitted he really enjoyed the game overall.

Here is some of what Bruce said about the match as published in The Chronicle:

“If I’m being honest I enjoyed the game and let’s be honest it could have gone either way.

“It was like when you play at school, it was end to end and to be fair to Leeds they force you into that way.

“After a difficult start, the response in difficult circumstances was terrific.

“When you’re analyzing, the players have given everything they could and that’s all you can ask in my position.

“The actual game and response from our team was terrific.

“It’s been fine margins today.

“We needed a bit of luck to go our way.

“It’s been a difficult start there’s no disputing that but if we keep playing the way we did there then I’m convinced we’ll be ok.”

It could be back to roulette of formations like last term. Bruce went to a back four for the first time this season and it made a significant difference. Maybe we’ll even get a glimpse of the 4-4-2 diamond at some point this season.

Overall, it was a decent performance and a very entertaining match. However, we’re still winless and halfway through September so that is a concern. Next up is another crucial match at Watford. We’ll need to see just a little more at Vicarage Road next Saturday to get our first win of the campaign.

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61 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    The love for the club gave the mackem manc a reprieve last night.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    At least where I was sitting anyway!

    0
  • lochinvar

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    On Sky Neville and Carragher were incandescent with indignation that Leeds didn’t get a penalty from their hero Mike Dean.

    Yet Sky highlights of the game don’t even show the incident deeming it to be irrelevant.

    Talk about justifying your existence.

    4
  • jane

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    “The love for the club gave the mackem manc a reprieve last night.”

    were you dissappointed?

    4
  • jane

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    surprising VAR didn’t over-rule. VAR is working much better now.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail, Carltoon missed you and wondered if you had got into a fight 🙂

    What did you do, nag some poor Leeds bastard to death??

    “no nó no Bremner was better than Giles. For example he once played against Wolverhampton wanderers in 2974 I think, or was it 71.and in the 50th minute he scored a maaarvellous goal, and let me tell you another thing after I order another satzenbrau….”

    Oh look, the poor Yorkshiremsn collapsed of boredom…. Lol

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Munster,
    Very fair and balanced of you to point out that St Max said he “loves Steve Bruce”
    He also said that JoE ilinton is amazing. Does that appeal to your senses?

    4
  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    did any one actually see any bother with the leeds fans ??

    1
  • jane

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    and to the Newcastle fan Jail said

    “do you know who i am. i’m Jail from the blog”

    and they collapsed in laughter.

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Munster,
    Top of the morning, can you apologise to me for the 1000 times you’ve called me a liar given the amount of times you have now been caught out lying.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    hibbit,
    Wasn’t any bother at all last night.

    2
  • jane

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    sorry Jail just banter i don’t want to be accused of harrasing you.

    it’s good you went to the match.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    jane,
    No I wasn’t disappointed it was a thoroughly entertaining evening.The decent display and point overrides the animosity towards Bruce. He is the most despised manager in our recent history and will get what is coming to him!

    5
  • jane

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    it’s good there was no trouble. magic will be dissappointed tho.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    jane,
    I don’t even know if you are real!

    3
  • jane

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    that will only happen if we do badly so bit of a catch 22.

    0
  • DrGloom

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Think we just need to think of Linton as the 5 million pound player he actually is – he played okay last night ( for him ), nowt special but at least won a lot of headers – (he would fit well in Burnley team ).
    Can’t see Woodman getting back in the first team unless injuries force Darlow and Dubs out again.

    2
  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail the few i met before the game were very good humored and looking forward to the game,

    2
  • DrGloom

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Jane is clearly not real … Just as DrGloom isn’t …

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20
  • martoon

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    I thought the crowd got the balance right between getting behind the team and anti-Bruce chants. There were a few paper planes thrown after their goal but most didn’t make it to the pitch.
    I actually quite enjoyed the game after the first 20 minutes and we actually built up some good attacks rather than always lump the ball forward to St Max. A draw was probably a fair result although Leeds were there for the taking being weakened at the back.

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Fun match to watch due to two poor defences.

    I didn’t think we made many clear cut chances yet our play was much better once we changed formation.

    Be nice if ASM would involve other players in the final third occasionally.

    We always seem to make things really difficult for ourselves.

    Once we changed formation we should have changed personel to balance the side.

    Good game but I feel a little disappointed as its another game gone by without 3 points.

    0
  • Harley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Bit gutted about woodman as I thought he was going to be our keeper for the next 10 years. He may still turn out to be, but for now I feel much safer with Darlow in goal. No blame on him for their goal, just terrible defending as usual.

    3
  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    martoon as the score suggests 2 evenly matched teams, were the result could have gone either way, but overall entertaining game 8/10

    7
  • Harley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s telling that Rafa had this same back line looking like the meanest defence outside the top 6, while Bruce has them looking like the key stone cops.

    5
  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Harley
    don’t be writing Woodman off yet, just look at how long it’s taken his replacement Darlow to get to this level ??

    3
  • The Ledge

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Good game to watch but to put it into perceptive we were at home against a Leeds side with one central defender in the team.
    It looked like the away side 35.4%posseson fewer shots on target 301 passes to their 540
    20 %of the passes long every single stat Leeds came out on top.
    Their manager was unhappy with a draw ours delighted with a draw.
    Some of our supporters you would think we just won the league rather than got a draw against a depleted Leeds side who like us were in sh1te form.

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Munster,
    We all know how you never wanted Bruce and wud rather we shud have Mark Hughes, but is it just a coincidence that you highlighted ASM saying he loves Steve Bruce or is that you possibly cheer leading our forlorn manager. Just asking I’m the interests of balance a d fairness.

    9
  • The Ledge

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Should have said almost every stat before Alexa goes into Google mode.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #30

    We know we aren’t gonna finish in the European places, so as long as we play our part in games like that, as long as we try to get at sides and create chances and have shots, as long as we are striving to get our better players on the ball running at defenders etc, I actually don’t care where we finish, so long as it isn’t in the bottom 3, nor do I care who the manager is. That was fun.

    4
  • martoon

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #31

    The Ledge – you can’t judge a game by stats alone. Yes Leeds passed the ball around a lot in their own half but as soon as they came forward they quite often lost the ball.

    4
  • Gosforthlad

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #33

    My pointers of the match last night
    Leeds fans loud first half until St max scored quiet rest of match
    Protest non existent planes were a waste of time as none I saw cleared the goal line
    Whistles handed out don’t think I heard any apart from my son sitting next to me
    On the match Newcastle gave Leeds far to much space our closing down and movement was poor but better second half
    Joelinton actually played well
    St max scored good goal
    Our defence to midfield gets carved open way to easy
    Bruce got off lightly
    Ryan Fraser is gash
    Enjoyed it a bit more as I thought we would get thrashed
    Bruce and Jones seemed to have a heated argument during the game not seen much mentioned on this

    2
  • Harley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit

    No I’m not writing him off, but certainly for now we have 2 better keepers. I’d love him to work out.

    0
  • lesh

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Jail

    You don’t know if jane’s real? Nor does jane!

    6
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #36

    A couple of very good things. Longstaff is back, and his partnership with Willock is looking very promising, and St Max can play through the middle if Wilson is out, which addresses what was a real problem for us.

    1
  • Harley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #37

    TomaKaThor

    I saw that price mentioned too last night.

    Ben white £50m
    Joelinton £40m

    ASM £30m?????!!!!!!!!

    I don’t know what some people are taking on here!!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Gary Neville thinks Mike Ashley should drop the asking price, easy for him to say he admits, but he thinks Mikey is worth a lot of money so losing a bit on a sale shouldn’t affect his life style. It (us) must be sold, as he’s doing real damage. Bill’s son is back and TDSarf claim that the club could be worth potentially billions so why should he sell it cheap?

    3
  • lesh

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Ashington

    If you’re around, and from yesterday:

    You suggested that Gayle was re-contracted without reference to Bruceyboy, over his head, and I wonder whether the likes of Hendrick, Fraser and others were presented as fait accompli?

    1
  • DrGloom

    Sep 18, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #40

    The club’s worth what someone will pay and at fattys price no one is willing to pay …

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