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Top player refuses to follow Steve Bruce happy clapper stance when asked to comment on Brighton

4 weeks ago
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When asked about the performance and results so far this season, Brighton in particular, Steve Bruce declared that the major problem is: ‘The Achilles heel is that we have to take big chances when we get them.’

If only Newcastle’s problems were as limited as that.

In every game, any manager can point to one or two chances and say if only his players had scored in those moments.

However, it is laughable for anybody to claim, especially the head coach, that Newcastle’s ‘Achilles heel’ is scoring from the chances created.

If it had been Graham Potter saying this after Saturday’s NUFC debacle then it would make total sense, with 71% possession his Brighton team totally outplayed Newcastle and only a seeming lack of belief prevented them turning that into goals, as they repeatedly cut through the NUFC lines to get in and around the box.

Whilst Steve Bruce wants us all to be as deluded as he seemingly is, the truth is that rather than finishing chances being the overwhelming problem, instead the reality is that Newcastle of all Premier League clubs have:

Made the fewest touches in the opposition box (76)

Fewest passes in the final third (419)

The lowest average possession (32%)

Great then to hear one of our players telling it as it is, rather than Steve Bruce’s embarrassing excuses/deflections.

Easily Newcastle’s best player on the day and indeed in his entire time here, Fabian Schar when asked to comment on what had gone on, replied: ‘We played a s… game – what can I say?’

The Swiss international saying Newcastle ‘were lucky to get a point’ and indeed that was only down to his spectacular clearance off the line.

Fabian Schar sees what is clear to the fans, saying Newcastle ‘need to play much better’, rather than it simply being a case of finishing the tiny amount of good chances the team create.

Fabian Schar speaking to the Chronicle:

“We played a s… game – what can I say?

“We were lucky to get a point.

“We played a bad game – that is it.

“We move on to the next game but we have to improve on this.

“It’s a positive that the fans stayed with us but we need to do more for them in the home games.

“We need to play much better.

“Today was a really bad game for ourselves and that’s all I can really say.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Saturday 21  September 5.30pm

Goals:

 

Possession was Brighton 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were Brighton 16 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Brighton 3 Newcastle 5

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle team v Brighton:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems (Carroll 82), Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu, Almiron (Saint-Maximin 73), Joelinton

Unused Subs

Darlow, Muto, Krafth, Fernandez

Crowd: 43,360 (Looked less than 40,000 actually inside SJP (1,500 Brighton))

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players after Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Read HERE)

(Brighton boss gutted his team didn’t win – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Steve Bruce reacts to the performance and result – read HERE)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)

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