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It’s embarrassing as Steve Bruce blames referee for defeat at Burnley instead of holding his hands up

11 months ago

Steve Bruce was adamant he knew what went wrong after defeat to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

The wrong choice of referee!

Yes, the NUFC Head Coach blaming the choice of match official.

When you do that you have to be pretty sure of yourself…

I think Steve Bruce must be relying on people not watching the match to make such an embarrassing claim.

He should be looking a lot closer to home when he coaches a team that doesn’t have a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes. Is that the referee’s fault as well?

It was what we sadly expected, a game of anti-football where both teams were physical.

It might have been the referee’s first Premier League game but to try and use that fact is pretty lame.

Steve Bruce making himself sound like what we used to hear from Carver, Pardew and McClaren.

The referee did ok and whilst yes there was a case that it shouldn’t have been a corner, which Burnley then scored from, it wasn’t the ref’s fault that the defending of it was so rubbish.

Indeed, Newcastle probably came out on top in terms of refereeing decisions, as it looked like he should have sent Andy Carroll off for deliberately elbowing Ben Mee instead he showed a yellow.

Steve Bruce talking to BBC Newcastle:

”You want the referee to do his job.

“We feel aggrieved today.

“Since Tuesday, I knew he was going to be the referee, and thought: Burnley v Newcastle, big physical encounter, is he ready?

“He looked a rookie today and that’s disappointing.

“We were playing strikers in a wide area (at the end).

“We’ve put as much as we can into the game – I can’t fault their effort.

“You just hope you can produce that bit of quality that wins you the match but we didn’t take one of the good chances we had.

“Almiron was closer (to being able to play) than Shelvey.

“Muscle injuries – we’ve got to be careful – you can’t have them pulling up and missing six or eight weeks.

“Let’s see how they are this week, and go from there.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 14 December 3pm



Wood 58

(Half-time stats are in brackets)

Possession was Burnley 48% (54%), Newcastle 52% (46%)

Total shots were Burnley 7 (4), Newcastle 9 (4)

Shots on target were Burnley 4 (2), Newcastle 0 (0)

Corners were Burnley 4 (3), Newcastle 3 (1)

Crowd: 19,798 (2,450 NUFC)

Referee: Tim Robinson

Newcastle team v Burnley:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Willems (Gayle 70), Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Atsu (Muto 79), Joelinton, Carroll

Unused Subs

Elliot, Lejeune, Yedlin, Krafth, Matty Longstaff

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Watch the official match highlights and goal HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – With such negative tactics and not a single shot on target it’s what you deserve – Read HERE)


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