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Steve Bruce answers critics – Promises to ‘keep bashing away’ using 900+ games experience

2 weeks ago
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Steve Bruce has been talking about the Wolves match on Saturday.

The Newcastle United Head Coach making it eight games without a win this season.

Newcastle out of the League Cup and now into the international break in the relegation zone, only Norwich keeping NUFC off rock bottom.

When you hear what Steve Bruce had to say, it may sound spookily familiar, a case of deja vu possibly? Even the NUFC Head Coach admitting this to be the case…’I feel like a long playing record. It is the story of our season so far, it could have been our day but unfortunately it wasn’t.’

For those who think Steve Bruce is a dinosaur when it comes to tactics and team set up, making reference to ‘log playing record’ will hardly help dispel that impression.

Likewise, for those who believe Steve Bruce is clueless when it comes to making changes / decisions during matches and indeed from one game to the next, his promise to ‘keep bashing away’ in terms of working on improving himself and this NUFC team is hardly inspirational.

Steve Bruce claims to be very introspective and insists that ‘The first thing I look at is could we have done anything any better, could I have been better in the week. I look at myself straight away and think could I do better?’

However, this is how he viewed this latest defeat / failure to win (and so many that have gone before it: ‘I didn’t think that we deserved to get beat…I didn’t think we deserved to get beat but I have said that too many times…It has been so close but I keep saying the same thing, I didn’t think we deserved to lose…Overall we gave as good as what we got…”It is the story of our season so far, it could have been our day but unfortunately it wasn’t…’

I think I see a major problem here.

On the one hand Steve Bruce says that after a match he will very self-critical and look at what he could and should have done better.

On the other hand though, Steve Bruce’s conclusions after pretty much every failure are that Newcastle didn’t deserve to lose, indeed could / should have won many of them, that it has simply been bad luck, in conclusion, there was nothing he could blame himself for and nothing he could have done better!

He is totally deluded and surely that is the biggest problem, amongst many others, Steve Bruce thinks he is not to blame for the mess at Newcastle United, that it is just the fickle finger of fate that is going against him and the team.

He doesn’t see what the rest of us see, that apart from the Watford game, every Premier League match this season, Newcastle have been second best.

Steve Bruce reflecting on defeat to Wolves:

“There was nothing in it either way.

“I didn’t think that we deserved to get beat…

“I didn’t think we deserved to get beat but I have said that too many times.

“It is another one that has crept away from us.

“We will go to work again and hopefully we can get some of our injured players back.

“We are in the Premier League, we are one of four [teams] who haven’t had a win.

“We are still searching for it.

“It has been so close but I keep saying the same thing, I didn’t think we deserved to lose.

“Overall we gave as good as what we got and unfortunately, we have come away and…I feel like a long playing record.

“It is the story of our season so far, it could have been our day but unfortunately it wasn’t.

“It is not easy [dealing with the pressure] but the experience I have had over the last nine hundred and odd times, whatever it is, helps you.

“But it still disappoints and upsets you, the first thing I look at is could we have done anything any better, could I have been better in the week.

“I look at myself straight away and think could I do better?

“So we will keep bashing away.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 2 October 3pm

Goals:

Wolves

Hwang Hee-Chan 20, 58

Newcastle:

Hendrick 41

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Wolves 52% (56%) Newcastle 48% (44%)

Total shots were Wolves 7 (5)  Newcastle 8 (2)

Shots on target were Wolves 3 (2) Newcastle 2 (1)

Corners were Wolves 5 (0) Newcastle 4 (2)

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Murphy 70), Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron (Gayle 77), Willock (Hendrick 36), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson

(‘Unbelievable Jeff’ – What a week topped off by Wolves 2 Newcastle 1…Read HERE)

(Gary Lineker and Ian Wright speak the truth on Steve Bruce shambles – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce shameless as usual with comments after losing at Wolves – Read HERE)

Steve Bruce has to go now – This clown is taking Newcastle United down – read HERE)

(Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce takes Newcastle United into relegation zone with clueless defeat at Wolves – Read HERE)

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