Steve Bruce gives damning transfer window update after lucky draw at Rotherham
Steve Bruce watched on as Rotherham dominated the first half and should have been two or three goals up, rather than just the one that Newcastle trailed to – scored by 31 year old Wallsend born Toon fan Michael Smith.
Things did improve to an extent after the break, with a more even second-half against the League One opposition, though still very fortunate to escape defeat with Hendrick’s goal six minutes from time.
Allan Saint-Maximin was missing due to ‘illness’, so creativity was all but non-existent for much of the 90 minutes, whilst the only reliable goalscorer, Callum Wilson, saw very little service.
It was only a friendly and there is still some time before things get more serious.
However, only two and a half weeks until the season kicks off and Newcastle ended Tuesday night’s game with this eleven on the pitch:
Gillespie, Matty Longstaff, Krafth, Watts, Dummett, Lewis, Schar, Young, Murphy, White, Hendrick
If you were looking for uplifting news after the final whistle, then look away now.
Speaking to BBC Newcastle, Steve Bruce (who had been booed and had negative chants aimed at him during the course of the poor display at Rotherham) was asked if Newcastle United had made any progress in the transfer market, to which Bruce replied:
“I wish I could say ‘yes’…but we are still bashing away and I’ll try to continue to do that.”
Tuesday is day 49 of the summer transfer window and that is the reality.
With Chelsea expected to make one or more signings in the very near future, it will leave Newcastle United as the only Premier League club not to make a single signing.
Steve Bruce keeps bizarrely claiming that next to nobody is making any signings and hardly any cash is being spent. Yet 18 clubs have brought in at least one player, some 50+ players in total signed by PL clubs, with well over £400m spent.
Never mind though, at least we have Steve Bruce ‘still bashing away’, whatever that means…
Rotherham 1 Newcastle 1
Woodman (Gillespie 46), Hayden (Matty Longstaff 72), Fernandez (Krafth 64), Lascelles (Dummett 46), Clark (Watts 46), Lewis, Ritchie (Schar 64), Sean Longstaff (Jack Young 80), Fraser (Murphy 46), Gayle (Joe White 77), Wilson (Hendrick 72)
4,370 (Incl 1,488 NUFC)
Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:
Sunday 18 July – York City 1 Newcastle 0
Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town 2 Newcastle 1 (This was originally a first team fixture with some Under 23 added but it became solely a Under 23 NUFC players after Karl Darlow tested positive for Covid and first team and Under 23s had to be kept apart)
Friday 23 July – Doncaster 2 Newcastle 3
Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United 1 Newcastle 1
Friday 30 July – Burton Albion away (7.45pm)
Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)
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