Steve Bruce confirms Jamaal Lascelles scan and says front 3 a real threat v Bournemouth (apart from goals…)
Steve Bruce was of course happy with the three points as his team fought back to beat Bournemouth.
A goal down and outplayed, this United team showed they are playing for the head coach, the fans and of course themselves, with a great attitude to turn it around.
However, Steve Bruce was still left wondering when any of his strikers will score.
All three had very decent/excellent opportunities but yet again it was left to defenders to find the net.
After the game the NUFC Head Coach reflecting…’I think that is six ‘one on ones’ we have had in the last two games and that summed our afternoon up when Allan (Saint-Maximin) burst through and Almiron hit him with it.’
Talking of defenders, Steve Bruce could be now down to only three fit central defenders of six, as Jamaal Lascelles was forced off and replaced by Paul Dummett after only 20 minutes.
Bruce confirmed after the game that Lascelles will be having scans on his knee to assess ow serious, or not, the problem is.
Fingers crossed and hopefully Schar and Lejeune will be available as well after this international break.
“I was especially happy today because we didn’t have it our own way.
“I always thought we were a threat and that’s important to see.
“The team showed a great spirit after the first twenty minutes when Bournemouth caused us a lot of problems but after that we had to dig in.
“We created enough chances to win by a much healthier margin.
“When we scored it lifted the whole crowd, then the longer the game went on we just needed to take more chances.
“They (the front three) are doing everything but…they are creating chances and as long as they keep contributing I am sure the rest will come.
“The crowd will only respond when they see the team up and at them.
“We are edging towards that…
“The crowd played a part in the last ten…fifteen minutes.
“They enjoyed the threat, the pace and power that we have up the pitch.
“We just need to add the goal at the end of the pitch.
“I know Bournemouth will go away from that saying it is a tough afternoon playing against those three.
“I think that is six ‘one on ones’ we have had in the last two games and that summed our afternoon up when Allan (Saint-Maximin) burst through and Almiron hit him with it.
“Since the debacle at Leicester they have rolled their sleeves up – if we didn’t have that resilience the situation could have gone the other way.
“Ciaran Clark was probably questioning it when he was left out of squads and all you can say is take your chance.
“He is a great pro and when you see someone getting the winner, who didn’t even travel six weeks ago, that’s great.”
Asked about Jamaal Lascelles injury:
“I will not know until the scans (on his knee).
“For him to come off (after only 20 minutes)…
“Until the relevant scans we will not know but he walked off, so we hope it is not too bad.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Saturday 9 November 3pm
Yedlin 42, Clark 52
Harry Wilson 14
Possession was Bournemouth 67%, Newcastle 33%
Total shots were Bournemouth 16, Newcastle 20
Shots on target were Bournemouth 3, Newcastle 9
Corners were Bournemouth 4, Newcastle 5
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Newcastle team v Bournemouth:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles (Dummett 20), Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 90), Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 82)
Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle
(To watch all the goals and official match highlights go HERE)
(Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s win – Read HERE)
(Alan Shearer two word reaction at the final whistle – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – 8,000 empty seats but 44,000 roar NUFC to dramatic comeback win – Read HERE)
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