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Medical miracle as 7 unavailable Newcastle players on Wednesday start against Watford

1 year ago

It has been a medical miracle at Newcastle United this week.

Saturday afternoon seeing Steve Bruce name the following team to face Watford:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems, Hayden, Longstaff, Almiron, Joelinton

Only four players named in today’s team who also started against Leicester city on Wednesday night.

The more things change the more things stay the same.

Claims of taking the cups seriously, proving to be just empty words.

Back in July, both Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce promised that Newcastle would now be throwing everything at the cups, yet seven players were left out of the League Cup match in favour of today’s Premier League battle.

Whilst they didn’t look great on Wednesday, Leicester did only make two changes compared to Newcastle’s seven. That is (what the Foxes did) throwing everything at the cups, simply for doing that you would say that Leicester deserved it more than Newcastle.

Whether Newcastle have the squad to risk their better players in cup games is another argument.

Ashley and Bruce making empty promises despite knowing that it wouldn’t happen (playing strongest possible team in the cups) is just more of the usual from those running Newcastle.

Under Rafa Benitez we didn’t like the fact that such weak teams were played in the cups but we understood he had little option due to the lack of investment and quality in depth and respected his honesty, when Rafa said he had no alternative.

Steve Bruce in July after getting the Newcastle job:

“I’ve put my neck on the line immediately (saying he won’t prioritise Premier League over the cups)!

“I’m not really bothered what’s been done before. I can understand the philosophy of it but my perception of it all changed at Hull.

“We were 2-0 up in the (2014) FA Cup final against Arsenal.

“We nearly won it.

“My perception of it changed too. Hull supporters had the best day out in their lives.

“That’s got to be a route and that’s what we’ll try and do.

“I realised it at Hull.

“We got to the FA Cup final and if you ask the supporters what their biggest day was, getting into the Premier League or getting to the FA Cup final and they’d say the final.

“Surely as a club we can win five games?

Can we win a cup tie, can we do well in the League Cup or the FA Cup?

“That’s got to be an aim.

“It’s not just about staying in the division and being happy with that – that would be wrong.”

Mike Ashley PR statement on The Mail -26 July 2019:

‘I expected the negative reaction to Rafa leaving, I thought it would be very bad. But I was shocked by the reaction to Steve. He doesn’t deserve it. He’s one of their own. I don’t think the fans quite realise what they’ve got because I’m hoping he’s the one.

‘There’s been some hurtful stuff, that he was our 11th choice. Actually, we had a short-list of three and Steve was one of them. His only worry was how soon he could start. I’m not a football expert, I don’t get involved, I’ve got a car but I’m not the driver.

And now I’ve got a manager saying, “Let me get on with it. Just let me get on with it – I won’t let you down”. I’m thinking, “I’m definitely having that”. He gets it.

He comes in: “The cups? Yeah, we go for them”.

‘Certain things I haven’t got right. I used to think our Premier League finish was more important. But where can we realistically go with this top six?

“The cups are the best of it.

“And it’s great to have a conversation with someone who is so passionate for Newcastle United.

“I know I’m an eternal optimist but with what we’ve got now at the football club, something might be possible.

‘And you can’t believe how that would make me feel.


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