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Steve Bruce blames match officials for 4-2 home defeat to West Ham

1 month ago

Steve Bruce is never short of excuses and he has started the 2021/22 season in fine form.

After losing 4-2 at home, conceding four goals at St James Park and losing the game despite twice taking the lead, the Newcastle United head coach wanted the post-match post-mortem to be all about one incident.

Steve Bruce blaming the match officials for Newcastle United starting the season with a defeat, putting all the focus on the penalty decision.

Maybe this was a harsh decision when Jacob Murphy was adjudged to have given a penalty away and West Ham then went 3-2 ahead, BUT to try and use that to deflect from a host of other reasons as to why Newcastle lost, is truly feeble from the NUFC Head Coach.

The Hammers had far more decent chances than Newcastle and that is summed up by NUFC having only one effort on target on top of the two goals, whilst West Ham had nine efforts on target.

Steve Bruce needs to take a long hard look at himself when it came to the team set-up and selection…but in particular the lack of organisation and direction as NUFC were cut open numerous times. The Newcastle players not appearing to appreciate / understand at times what their jobs were.

Freddie Woodman made some very decent saves and even when denying Antonio from the penalty spot, the defending was shocking with Soucek strolling in to score the rebound whilst in particular Matt Ritchie stood back instead of following in properly, just in case the original spot-kick failed…

The penalty decision didn’t help but to try and blame that for the defeat is on the embarrassing side, as West Ham were on top at that point and looking the far more likely winners.

Steve Bruce needs to stand up and accept the blame, the last thing we need is more of the same at Aston Villa next weekend and the Head Coach thumbing through his well used book of excuses.

Steve Bruce:

“I didn’t think there was much wrong with us offensively, but it’s getting that balance right, isn’t it.

“As soon as we chased the game, we left ourselves exposed and open…you can’t afford to do that at this level.

“The referee’s decision to give the penalty [against Jacob Murphy].

“I understand the first instance, I have got no complaints about it, the attacker gets the benefit of the doubt.

“However, I don’t understand the rule as to why the referee can’t just have a look at the monitor himself.

“I think if he’d done that, after looking at what I saw four or five times, I think he might have turned around and said it [the penalty decision] was a bit harsh.

“That is the big turning point in the game.

“It is the turning point.

“In the Premier League, it is fine margins.

“Once we went chasing the game., we made it very difficult for ourselves with Antonio’s pace.

“If the referee had a look…and I will go and see him now, to try and understand it a bit better.

“Why couldn’t he just have a look at the monitor rather than someone else 300 miles away?”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 West Ham 4 – Sunday 15 August 2pm



Wilson 5, Murphy 40

West Ham:

Cresswell 18, Benrahma 53, Soucek 63, Antonio 66

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was West Ham 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were West Ham 18  Newcastle 17

Shots on target were West Ham 9 Newcastle 3

Corners were West Ham 6 Newcastle 7

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Murphy, Krafth (Sean Longstaff 84), Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Shelvey (Fraser 70), Hayden, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wilson (Joelinton 85)

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Gayle, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Hendrick

Crowd: 50,673 (3,000 West Ham)

(Newcastle 2 West Ham 4 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s demoralising defeat – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 West Ham 4 – It’s not how you start it’s how you finish – Read HERE)

(Mike Ashley refusal to invest at the back will cost Newcastle United dearly based on this – Read HERE)


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