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Steve Bruce totally embarrassing yet again, blames everybody but himself for Villa defeat

3 weeks ago
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You have to hand it to Steve Bruce.

When it comes to excuses he is truly a Premier League champion.

In his entire management career, Steve Bruce has never won anything and indeed hasn’t even finished in the top nine of the Premier League.

Yet when it comes to blaming others he is quite literally, in a league of his own.

Newcastle United lost at Aston Villa because of Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United only had one effort on target (though I haven’t a clue what that one recorded effort was!) and that was at least mainly, the fault of Steve Bruce.

Aston Villa are having early season problems with a major overhaul of players in and out, as well as key players unavailable, yet Newcastle failed to go for the jugular, that is the fault of Steve Bruce…Villa having gone 3-0 down at Watford last weekend.

Yet listen to Steve Bruce and it is everything and everybody but him that is to blame.

As you can see below, Steve Bruce keen to blame VAR, bad luck and the match officials on and around the pitch, for starters…

Steve Bruce reckons: ‘There are lots of things to be encouraged by…’, well I’m sorry if I feel a bit bewildered, because I haven’t heard that he and Mike Ashley have announced their departure.

I bet Steve Bruce was notorious at school, 1,001 excuses as to why he hadn’t done his homework.

In reality, Newcastle United hardly threatened. Wilson did waste a good chance early on BUT what else was there? I can’t remember Martinez making a save.

As for VAR and the match officials…it was a penalty for the Lascelles handball AND Wilson was offside. The only thing they did get wrong for me, was that Martinez should have been sent off with 15 minutes to go, despite Newcastle not getting the penalty (due to the offside).

I would love to know why the Ings goal shouldn’t have stood, does Steve Bruce think it was unfair how hard the striker hit the ball???

Steve  Bruce:

“Well we certainly haven’t had the rub of the green.

“Fine margins in the Premier League…I thought big decisions went against us.

“The offside decision…I didn’t think we were looking at lines anymore, lines from armpits and all this.

“The penalty, the second goal, how is Jamaal Lascelles penalised? His foot is above his head and if your foot is above your head to try and block a ball, you have got to put your arm up.

“I feel disappointed with VAR, because that’s three big decisions in the last week, which have ultimately, in these finely balanced games, proved costly.

” I’m really frustrated that big decisions and the penalty went against us, because nobody in the ground knew about the penalty, so to go back to that we feel aggrieved.

“These are key decisions that could have gone either way.

“We gave as good as we got in my opinion and had a real opportunity to go 1-0 up.

“There are lots of things to be encouraged by but we haven’t got that vital bit of luck which you need.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 21 August 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Aston Villa:

Ings 45+3, El Ghazi 62 pen

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Aston Villa 47% (60%) Newcastle 53% (40%)

Total shots were Aston Villa 10 (5)  Newcastle 9 (3)

Shots on target were Aston Villa 2 (1) Newcastle 1 (0)

Corners were Aston Villa 3 (2) Newcastle 4 (1)

Referee: David Coote

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Fernandez (Joelinton 77), Lascelles, Schar, Murphy, Hayden (Sean Longstaff 46), Almiron, Willock (Fraser 89), Ritchie, Wilson, Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Gayle

Crowd: 41,964 (2,950 Newcastle United)

(Match Report: Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Steve Bruce negativity sees NUFC fail and only have 1 shot on target – Read HERE)

(Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s second defeat of season – Read HERE)

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