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Steve Bruce claims Newcastle United have played well enough in five of the seven games this season

1 year ago
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Steve Bruce has been talking about his situation at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle United Head Coach claiming ‘There is always pressure here and every week it is the same thing. You have to understand that, you have to accept that.’

Surely though this is the same at any club, if a team and manager (head coach) aren’t doing very well then they do find the pressure is on top of them.

Bizarrely though, Steve Bruce continues to insist that actually Newcastle have played ‘well enough’ in most games this season.

Leaving aside the League Cup defeat, this is how I would assess the Premier League games so far:

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 

The visitors had loads of injuries and were missing most of their best players, especially in attack. Yet the visiting keeper didn’t have a save to make and Newcastle lost. NUFC did ok up to a point in the first half but weren’t good enough overall, especialluy against such a weakened team.

Norwich 3 Newcastle 1

Bruce and his team were shocking and it could have easily been five or six. When Shelvey scored in injury time it was the first serious effort at goal.

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1

As their defeat to Colchester reminded us this week, Spurs have been poor for some time, with odd exceptions. They have now won just five of their last 18 Premier League games. Nevertheless, Steve Bruce and his players do still deserve all the credit for this one. A clean sheet and they scored with one of their two shots on target.

Newcastle 1 Watford 1

Another shocker but no doubt Steve Bruce thinks he and the team did ok because they were lucky and got a point against the bottom of the table team at home. Watford had far better chances and Schar scored with Newcastle’s first shot just before half-time. Newcastle played well in only a 15 minute spell in the middle of the second-half and it was Watford who were attacking and creating chances in the final 20 minutes.

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

Willems scored a great goal and Newcastle did ok the first 20 minutes but after that it was all Liverpool and they always were going to win. Nothing terrible about that but Steve Bruce is talking about all but two performances being at ‘the level we need to be at to get something out of the game or win the game’, surely he isn’t including this one?

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0

A total fluke that Newcastle got anything from this. Brighton completely dominated and only poor finishing meant they didn’t win, only the last 15 minute saw NUFC have any spark thanks to Saint-Maximin coming on.

This is what we got used to under Pardew, McClaren and Carver, they were always claiming things that weren’t true.

As for keep referring to last season’s early points returns, why not refer to Newcastle having 10 points from the first seven games in 2017/18 as well as two from seven last season? Indeed, Rafa Benitez had 14 points from the first nine games in 2017/18.

We kept being told that we have to get over Rafa Benitez but it is Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce who keep referring back to him!

As for that Leicester cup match, Newcastle weren’t very good and neither were Leicester. However, I was interested to hear an interview on Radio Newcastle with Steve Bruce before the Liverpool games and he was talking about the ‘very credible draws with Watford and Leicester’…

I have already covered the Watford match but we lost to Leicester, it wasn’t a draw! If Newcastle had won the penalty shoot-out, does anybody believe he would be still referring to that game as a draw??? The thing is nobody even corrected him on the radio about his Leicester claim, which was also what used to happen with the media when Pardew and others would come out with this kind of nonsense.

Newcastle fans aren’t daft, we know when the team have played well.

Apart from against Spurs, Newcastle have only played ok in some parts of a few games, claiming the performances have been good enough in all but two games is ridiculous.

Steve Bruce speaking ahead of the Leicester game:

“There is always pressure here and every week it is the same thing.

“You have to understand that, you have to accept that.

“Once it happens and you don’t play well enough, you then have to move on to the next one.

“It is all about the accumulation of points over the season and this time last year, after seven games we had two points.

“It’s whether you play well enough and out of the seven games we have played, including the cup-tie against Leicester, in two of the games we haven’t got to the level we need to be at to get something out of the game or win the game.”

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