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Steve Bruce declares “We haven’t lost on the night”…after losing to Burnley

3 weeks ago
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Steve Bruce watched on as his side failed to score in 90 minutes plus injury time.

Then two Newcastle players saw their penalties saved, Burnley winning the shootout 4-3.

Yet Steve Bruce declares: ‘We haven’t lost on the night.’

I remember him coming out with something similar after his very first NUFC League Cup tie, when second best in a penalty shootout to Leicester. In the weeks and months that followed, he never ever referred to that match as a defeat…

Well yes Steve, we didn’t lose in the 90 minutes BUT we did lose in the penalty shootout.

If Newcastle had succeeded in this penalty shootout, do you honestly think Steve Bruce would be referring to the game as anything other than a win?!!

Bottom line is that Steve Bruce, as is the norm with him in cup matches, made a huge number of changes, nine of ten outfield players changed and only Jamaal Lascelles keeping his place along with Freddie Woodman.

Steve Bruce stating: ‘I don’t think we’ve done much wrong, despite not winning’…maybe those last three words should instead have been replaced with ‘apart from not winning’…or maybe ‘apart from not scoring’…

Simple fact is that Steve Bruce has started the season with three defeats and now faces relegation rivals Southampton, who have raised their spirits with a 1-1 draw against Man Utd on Sunday followed by an 8-0 win tonight at Newport, ironically where Shelvey earned NUFC a very late draw last season and Newcastle then WON a penalty shootout!

Whilst no doubt Steve Bruce will be bragging about the three ‘goals’ (in the penalty shootout!) that Newcastle United scored tonight, truth is that it is now over four hours of football since NUFC scored a goal, Murphy just before half-time against West Ham.

Steve Bruce:

“I don’t think we’ve done much wrong, despite not winning.

“We haven’t lost on the night.

“We have to keep believing we can turn things around.

“We all know penalties are a lottery and they can go either way.

“What pleased me more was the performance of the team, I thought we were excellent throughout.

“If you want to be critical we’ve missed big, big chances, and at this level against a Premier League team you’ve got to take them.

“But overall, the way the team played defensively I thought we were excellent, I can’t remember Burnley having a shot or my goalkeeper having a save to make.

“But we’re not having any luck at the minute, we’ve got to keep bashing away and I’m sure it’ll change.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties) – Wednesday 25 August 7.45pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Burnley:

Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%

Total shots were Burnley 6  Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Burnley 1 Newcastle 3

Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 9

Referee: Oliver Langford

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Manquillo (Saint-Maximin 76), Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser (Almiron 83), Joelinton, Gayle (Willock 76)

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Murphy

Crowd: 30,082

(Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Wednesday’s defeat on penalties – Read HERE)

(Match Report: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – ASM and Almiron fail as NUFC lose in penalty shootout – Read HERE)

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