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Steve Bruce can’t help himself with these latest embarrassing comments post-Southampton

2 weeks ago
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Well, I suppose at least Steve Bruce is consistent.

Another terrible match featuring negative clueless tactics and set-up.

Followed by the inevitable embarrassing performance from the Newcastle United Head Coach when he faces the media afterwards.

Steve Bruce:

“They [Newcastle fans demanding Bruce is sacked] are entitled to their opinion.

“I find the whole thing very, very disappointing, as anybody would, I suppose.

“Our first half performance wasn’t good enough. I’ll accept that.

“Second half, we were a bit more like ourselves, played with a bit more intensity and intent.

“The most important thing was we passed the ball to each other better, and maybe did enough to win the match.

“It was a disappointing afternoon all around.

“After watching it [penalty incident] back, I think it is the right decision but it was a charade for VAR to give it.

“In my opinion this needs to be addressed.

“We did turn it around.

“We didn’t play anywhere near good enough in the first half.

“Second half we showed much better to get on the ball to have the courage to go forward and play forward. It was much better second half.

“In my opinion we have taken the lead twice and deserved to go on and win it.

“We’ve now given three penalties away and it’s cost us badly.

“You are always at your most vulnerable when you score.

“We have scored with two or three minutes to play and haven’t seen it through.

“That’s disappointing – of course it is – but the decision has gone against us.

“We just have to take it and stop making these decisions that give penalties away.

“It’s tough to take, a penalty decided by VAR, and we are all bitterly disappointed.”

Steve Bruce finds ‘the whole thing very disappointing’ when Newcastle fans are pointing out that he is not fit to do the job, I think fair to say that having watched these 25 months of Bruce at NUFC, ‘disappointing’ doesn’t come close to it for the supporters. From my point of view, ‘predictable’ is what stands out, because the vast majority of Newcastle fans knew exactly just how disastrous this appointment was back in July 2019 and what an embarrassment Steve Bruce is, both on and especially off the pitch.

On the final goal of the match, Steve Bruce reckons: ‘After watching it [the penalty incident] back, I think it is the right decision but it was a charade for VAR to give it.’

So, between them, VAR and the referee came to the correct decision on the penalty BUT Steve Bruce then still believes it is a ‘charade’ and not fair for VAR to give it. This is laughable, if ever there was a decision that VAR was brought in for, it was that one on 93 minutes at St James Park on Saturday. The referee on the pitch not spotting it but VAR playbacks showed 100% that Lascelles took out Armstrong without touching the ball. Steve Bruce blaming VAR yet again is simply him deflecting from the many real issues that are preventing Newcastle performing and winning football matches, with him (Bruce) by far the biggest reason.

Steve Bruce claimed that Newcastle United ‘maybe did enough to win the match…deserved to go on and win it.’

Not one person who watched the whole game would agree with that, if they are being honest that is…

Newcastle did play better the second half and were more ambitious, though to be fair, it would have been impossible not to do either, so bad was the first half. However, Southampton were still the better and more dominant team, in the second half they actually had even more of the possession (67% compared to 63% in first half) and more shots (11 v 6) than Newcastle after the break.

To even claim Newcastle deserved a draw would be some cheek based on what we all watched. Yes, you welcome the point with open arms but to try and claim the performance somehow deserved it, is very wide of the mark.

Truly, the only thing worse that watching Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United, is hearing him speak about it afterwards.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Saturday 28 August 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Wilson 55, Saint-Maximin 90

Southampton:

Elyounoussi 74, Ward-Prowse (pen) 90+5

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Southampton 65% (63%) Newcastle 35% (37%)

Total shots were Southampton 22 (11)  Newcastle 10 (4)

Shots on target were Southampton 6 (3) Newcastle 5 (1)

Corners were Southampton 4 (1) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar, Murphy, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Willock (Fraser 84), Ritchie, Wilson (Joelinton 67), Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Manquillo, Gayle

Crowd:

44,017 (950 Southampton)

(Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – You just hate to see it happen this way – Read HERE)

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

(Ralph Hasenhuttl finds it ‘unbelievable’ that Southampton weren’t leading against Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Wilson and ASM not enough to save NUFC from Steve Bruce negativity Read HERE)

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