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Steve Bruce makes unnecessary Jonjo Shelvey comments after draw v Manchester City

7 days ago
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Jonjo Shelvey popped up in the 88th minute with a cracking goal.

The strike earning Newcastle United an arguably deserved point against the reigning champions.

Especially with United coming from behind twice in the game to draw.

Like pretty much every Newcastle player, Jonjo Shelvey played well on the day.

Not man of the match but certainly did his bit in a disciplined defensive display from all 13 who wore black and white.

After the game, Steve Bruce sadly thought it necessary to make unnecessary comments about the midfielder.

The NUFC Head Coach saying ‘Jonjo always seems to me, is the one that’s the enemy’, when referring to the player and team’s poor display at Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce appearing to have a go at the fans for supposedly making Shelvey a scapegoat.

Bruce has a habit of doing this, whenever there is a positive result he has often used it as an opportunity to bite back at perceived unfair comments from Newcastle fans.

The thing is, in the case of Jonjo Shelvey, it is simply a case I think of the Newcastle fans showing frustration because they know what the midfielder is capable of BUT he has so rarely produced it in the Premier League, despite been at the club almost four years now, with all but a season of that in the top tier.

It is ironic as well that Steve Bruce is having a go at the fans over Jonjo Shelvey, when he dropped him after only two games (made a scapegoat…?). He has then put Shelvey on the bench five times and even preferred a 19 year old who had never played a single minute of Premier League football, for a crucial game against Man Utd.

Bruce says that the player showed how good he can pass the ball today and of course we all know he can BUT far too often he is anonymous and ineffective, as well as struggling with the defensive side.

As for goals, Steve Bruce says about the 88th minute equaliser: ‘There’s few people on the pitch that can score a goal like he did today.’

The Head Coach talking as though that has been a regular event at Newcastle since signing in January 2016.

It was actually the first ever Premier League goal Shelvey has scored for NUFC at St James Park.

Before this season, Shelvey had only scored two goals (home or away) for Newcastle in the Premier League over two and a half seasons of PL football.

Whilst the goal at West Ham was amazingly the very first time Jonjo Shelvey had scored direct from a free-kick in the Premier League for any club. I say amazingly because he can strike a ball well but has pretty appalling stats when it comes to goals in his career.

In fact, before this season, Jonjo Shelvey had only scored 13 PL goals in total and six of them came one season at Swansea.

Hopefully this WILL be the season when it all comes together for him and he performs consistently AND scores the number of goals he is capable of. With three goals in eight PL starts this season he has made a great start, it is all down to Jonjo Shelvey, not the fans.

Steve Bruce talking to BBC Newcastle about Jonjo Shelvey after Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2:

“We put him back in for West Ham and he scored and made one and he did very, very well.

“Played very, very well against Bournemouth.

“The whole team didn’t play well against Aston Villa and of course Jonjo always seems to me, is the one that’s the enemy.

“So, I’m delighted for him.

“There’s few people on the pitch that can score a goal like he did today.

“Or few on the pitch who can find a pass like he did today.

“And physically, his workrate and attitude to what we need, was good to see.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2  – Saturday 30 November 12.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Willems 25, Shelvey 88

Man City:

Sterling 22, De Bruyne 82

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Man City 77% (78%), Newcastle 23% (22%)

Total shots were Man City 24 (9), Newcastle 6 (3)

Shots on target were Man City 9 (4), Newcastle 3 (2)

Corners were Man City 10 (4), Newcastle 1 (1)

Crowd: 49,937 (3,200 Man City)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle team v Man City:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Dummett, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 80), Almiron, Joelinton (Gayle 69)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Sean Longstaff

(John Stones says Manchester City still very much in title race despite Newcastle’s ‘Two sloppy goals’ – Read HERE)

(Pep Guardiola philosophical as Premier League title hopes end at St James Park – read HERE)

(Alan Shearer reacts after Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 and picks out 3 NUFC players for special applause – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights and all four goals from Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Watch HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw – Read HERE)

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