More embarrassing Steve Bruce comments after Newcastle 1 Wolves 1
Steve Bruce is at it again.
His post-match comments as embarrassing as the negative tactics he sent his team out with after the break on Sunday afternoon.
A poor first half against a Wolves side seemingly feeling the effects of so many games (Wolves have now played 21 games compared to Newcastle’s 11), Steve Bruce was handed a lifeline when centre-backs Fernandez (superb cross) and Lascelles (excellent header) combined for the opening goal, which capped a few minutes of pressure, the only time we saw that in the whole game.
Instead of capitalising on that surprise goal and Wolves’ tired legs, Steve Bruce instead went ultra-negative after the break, sitting so deep and inviting Wolves to attack.
After a number of lucky escapes for Newcastle, Otto eventually equalised, with Wolves very unlucky not to go on and win.
Always a man for excuses, when asked if this season was going to be a ‘slog’, Steve Bruce replied: ‘For the last couple of years it’s not been any different since the club came up. I was under no illusions it was going to be difficult because it has been for the last couple of years.’
Before Steve Bruce arrived, the last 16 games of Rafa Benitez’ reign saw Newcastle with the fifth best form in the Premier League, in Rafa’s final 28 games Newcastle had the eighth best form in the top tier.
Steve Bruce didn’t take over a terrible team, he is just making excuse after excuse.
The negative tactics are embarrassing and yet Steve Bruce claims ‘I didn’t want to hang on…I wanted to try to get another goal’, when referring to his late subs, bringing Atsu on for Matty Longstaff and Gayle for Allan Saint-Maximin (who had been Newcastle’s only threat!).
However, that was the 90th minute and in reality Newcastle never went for the win them, plus the main point is, how can Bruce say Newcastle were trying to score a second when for the entire second half he had been so negative.
In the last four games, Newcastle United have had four efforts on target (Source – BBC Sport), the tactics and patter from Steve Bruce are simply embarrassing.
Steve Bruce asked if it is going to be a slog for Newcastle United this season:
“For the last couple of years it’s not been any different since the club came up.
“I was under no illusions it was going to be difficult because it has been for the last couple of years.
“I was delighted with the way we have played in the first half.
“Arguably it is as good as we have played here.
“We needed exactly the same in the second half and to get a second goal but unfortunately, we went far too deep and didn’t do enough with the ball.
“All forwards thrive off opportunities and in the second half we didn’t do enough to help Joelinton.
“It is the same question with Almiron that I will face.
“We have invested a hell of a lot of money in him (Joelinton).
“He is a young boy and he’s finding it tough at the moment, getting used to the Premier League and how often have we seen that?
“At the moment stats say no (Newcastle won’t score many goals).
“We have to try and improve that and we tried to be a bit more open (against Wolves).
“When you get to 75 minutes, I always thought Almiron and Saint-Maximin would be a threat.
“Yes, you can make a change (from the bench) to hang on, but I didn’t want to hang on…I wanted to try to get another goal.
“It (Sean Longstaff sending off) is a difficult one.
“Longy’s played the ball, I can see then he’s not in control of his foot but, how’s he supposed to be?
“The reaction of Neves, rolling around and screaming, I’m always a bit dubious.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Sunday 27 October 2pm
Jamaal Lascelles 37, Sean Longstaff red card 82
Possession was Wolves 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Wolves 13 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Wolves 5 Newcastle 2
Corners were Wolves 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Kevin Friend
Newcastle team v Wolves:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff (Atsu 90), S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Gayle 90)), Almiron, Joelinton (Shelvey 85)
Darlow, Dummett, Muto, Krafth
Crowd: 46,019 (3,235 Wolves)
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