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The Corbridge (Daisy Hill) boy who cried Wolf a few (Hundred) too many times

4 weeks ago
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Steve Bruce took centre stage once again on Wednesday night.

After exiting the League Cup at the first attempt to Burnley, the Newcastle United Head Coach declaring: ‘We haven’t lost on the night.’

Well I suppose that technically Steve Bruce would have been correct, if everybody had hung around for an extra couple of hours and had the penalty shootout after midnight. Meaning Newcastle indeed wouldn’t have lost on the night, the night would have been a valiant 0-0 draw and only the next morning would have been that ‘lost’ bit…

If this is all sounding a bit daft, then that would be because it is, but Steve Bruce started it…

Or maybe more correct to say, Steve Bruce is continuing with it.

By ‘it’, I mean talking absolute nonsense after matches.

Only three games and three defeats into the season and already we have seen the Brucey b.llocks (not literally, thankfully) after all three of these losses, or whatever Steve Bruce claims them to be (see below).

Against West Ham it was only ‘fine margins’ and a bad referee’s decision that led to Newcastle losing, according to Bruce. The reality of course was that the Hammers completely deserved to win, had nine shots on target to Newcastle’s three and NUFC not making the visiting keeper making a single save in the second half.

Against Aston Villa it was ‘fine margins’ once again and ‘big decisions’ going against Newcastle, even though the video evidence showed all the referee/VAR decisions to be correct, apart from possibly Martinez should have been red carded and not yellow carded with 15 minutes to go, though Villa already 2-0 up at that stage and would have surely seen the win out with ten men. Especially as Steve Bruce fails to mention his team didn’t make the opposition save a single shot, it was the 97th minute before the only ‘effort on target’ and that was a header from Joelinton that barely reached the keeper.

That is two matches worth BUT it has followed two whole seasons of the same from Steve Bruce. Every game is the same, Bruce rarely, if ever, admitting that Newcastle had been deservedly beaten, which has happened an awful lot under this NUFC Head Coach. A typical scenario will be the opposition winning by two or three goals, completely dominating the match, yet Steve Bruce pointing to the one chance Newcastle had in the 90 minutes and claiming if only that had gone in then…

It was quite funny really in a way last night, Burnley arrived on Tyneside clearly desperate to get knocked out and then Sean Dyche having to pretend afterwards that he was happy they are through! Dyche happy to make clear in his time at Burnley that for his club, the cups are an unnecessary distraction when it comes to staying in the Premier League.

Whilst on the other hand we had the losing Steve Bruce, as always, making excuses.

Last night, for once he might have a bit of a point in terms of bad luck and not taking chances but who is listening when Steve Bruce says the same kind of stuff every single match, no matter what we have all just watched?

After this latest defeat only a week and a half into what is already looking to be a very very long season, Steve Bruce’s friend and chief cheerleader, has (not so gracefully) admitted defeat and withdrawn his over the top cheerleading and provoking of the Newcastle United fanbase from now on…

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph via Twitter:

“I’m not arguing with people on Twitter this season about Bruce.

“Made that pledge this evening much to everyone’s amusement.

“It’s just as well because the usual suspects are slaughtering him for losing a game they would have won easily if the players had taken their chances.

“I will be posting links to stories and offering pearls of wisdom but no more arguing with people who are not going to change their mind after two years of saying the same things.

“Just as I won’t that he is unfairly maligned and blamed for club failing. I bore myself sometimes.

“Club’s failings not club failing, although it’s been doing that for 13 or the previous 14 years so, well, anyway this is all I’m going to add.

“Need a win on Saturday.”

I have to agree with Luke Edwards…Newcastle United and Steve Bruce do need a win on Saturday.

With Man Utd waiting after the international break and Newcastle already with three straight defeats and in the bottom three of the Premier League, as well as out of the League Cup, defeat or even a point against Southampton wouldn’t help anybody.

The Saints come to Tyneside with claims of certain disaster for them after losing Danny Ings and others, looking maybe a little premature now. A very decent 1-1 draw against Man Utd on Sunday was followed up by their fringe players smashing eight away at Newport last night.

It also features the return of Adam Armstrong, who with a goal and assist already in his first two Premier League starts for Southampton, is suggesting just possibly he is going to prove a success in the top tier, as he has shown in League One and then the Championship.

What Steve Bruce will have to say if Newcastle lose to Southampton is something that we hopefully won’t have to be subjected to, but if it is four games and four defeats by 5pm on Saturday afternoon, you simply dread the embarrassing nonsense he will come out with.

Steve Bruce after losing 4-2 to West Ham – Sunday 15 August:

“The referee’s decision to give the penalty [against Jacob Murphy]…That is the big turning point in the game.

“It is the turning point. In the Premier League, it is fine margins.”

Steve Bruce after losing 2-0 to Aston Villa – Saturday 21 August:

“The key decisions went their way.

“The big calls have gone against us. It’s a ludicrous decision to get a penalty. A long throw and a penalty beat us and that’s the frustration.

“Two games, we have had big decisions go against us, so I feel a bit aggrieved I have to tell you…

“The overall performance, we gave as good as we got…But the decisions went against us.

“Fine margins in the Premier League but we have been done by a couple of big decisions today…me goalkeeper hasn’t even made a save really, you know.”

Steve Bruce after losing on penalties to Burnley after 0-0 in normal time – Wednesday 26 August:

“I don’t think we’ve done much wrong…

“We haven’t lost on the night.

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

“I thought we were excellent throughout.

“If you want to be critical we’ve missed big, big chances…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.”

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