Almiron A Delight To Work With But Missed A Couple Of Big Opportunities Says Bruce

Miguel Almiron had another frustrating day in front of goal. He’s getting into the right places but is lacking composure when afforded chances to score. Today he missed a few clear chances, and it must be starting to affect his confidence.

Steve Bruce gave an interview to Sky Sports after the draw this afternoon. He initially spoke about the team’s poor day in front goal:

“It was an unbelievable start for them and disappointing for us of course. It took a while, but I was delighted with the response. I thought in the second half if there was anybody going to win it, it was us. We’ve missed a couple of glorious chances, big chances.

“At this level, we say it so often, you’ve got to take them. Unfortunately, you don’t create many opportunities, and we created one or two great ones in the second half and didn’t take them.”

There were a few chances that the lads would like to have back today. They were straight through on goal a couple of times but were unable to beat Ben Foster who had an excellent game for Watford.

We are getting a little concerned with Miguel Almiron who is contributing, but still waiting for that elusive first goal.

This was Bruce’s response when specifically asked about Miguel Almiron’s missed chances:

“Miggy’s had a couple of big opportunities. We’re just hoping he can get one in and get off running. He gives so much so the team. Of course, the longer that hangs over him, you know not scoring, the more anxious everybody becomes.

“He’s a fabulous footballer, a delight to work with. He’s just had two big opportunities today, which hopefully when he takes one will give him the confidence to get more.”

Miguel needs to just take his foot off the gas sometimes, and be a little more cerebral in his play. While his pace is an integral part of his game and vital to Newcastle’s attack, his decision making is hurried at times.

That is particularly the case in the box where he seems to be frantic. He has a lot of ability, and his direct runs are frightening for the opposition. If he can find the right moments to collect himself, he will start adding assists and goals to his game.

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