Hamza Choudhury now answers Steve Bruce after Newcastle United head coach’s tirade
As well as the defeat and actual match, Steve Bruce was just as keen to talk about Hamza Choudhury on Wednesday night.
Matt Ritchie forced out of the League Cup match after a challenge from the Leicester player.
Steve Bruce saying about the 21 year old’s tackle on Ritchie: ‘It’s a horror one, it’s over the top…believe me it’s horrible.’
The Newcastle Head Coach making it clear he couldn’t believe that a yellow card was shown, not a red.
Hamza Choudhury has now answered back, the Leicester midfielder saying that Matt Ritchie made it look a lot worse because he pulled out of the tackle.
At the same time, he also said that Steve Bruce should consider how he used to play the game….
Hamza Choudhury talking to Leicestershire Live:
“It was a 50/50 (challenge on Matt Ritchie) and he has pulled out at the last minute which has made the tackle look a lot worse.
“I don’t know what I can say.
“It’s what I do, I try to tackle, I’ve never gone in trying to hurt someone.
“Unfortunately, for Ritchie it has and I hope he gets better very soon.
“And for Steve Bruce to say…I know he was a tough tackling defender in his day, so people are quick to forget how he played football.”
Steve Bruce on Wednesday night after losing to Leicester:
“I have to say that the mess Matt Ritchie is in, the referee is five yards away and I know there will be VAR tonight or whatever, it’s a horror challenge.
“I don’t want people sent off or red cards, but when I see the state of Matty’s leg…we fear ankle damage, he has three cuts which all need stitches, he is a mess and the referee is five yards away from that, which is difficult to take.
“I don’t want to see anyone sent off but when it’s horror challenges like that, that wasn’t good.
“It’s a horror one, it’s over the top…believe me it’s horrible.
“He has been stitched in three different wounds and obviously we will have to wait for the scans to see if there is ankle damage but the kid is in a mess.
“I never want to see anyone sent off but when you are over the top of the ball and you are lunging in like that, you can damage people and nobody wants to see that.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Leicester 1 (NUFC lose 4-2 on penalties) – Wednesday 28 August 7.45pm
Possession was Leicester 68% Newcastle 32%
Total shots were Leicester 10 Newcastle 7
Shots on target were Leicester 1 Newcastle 2
Corners were Leicester 3 Newcastle 2
Referee: Tim Robinson
Newcastle team v Leicester:
Darlow, Krafth (Manquillo 50), Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems (Dummett 78), Shelvey, Matty Longstaff, Hayden, Ritchie (Atsu 45), Muto
Dubravka, Ki, Lascelles, Sean Longstaff
Crowd: 22,727 (Approx 800 Leicester)
(Watch official match highlights of Leicester game HERE)
(Steve Bruce confirms three new injuries – Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to cup defeat HERE)
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