Steve Bruce has spoken after the woeful draw against Brighton in what had been hyped as a six-pointer this week. Well, it’s only one point for each club in a performance that was just not good enough for the Magpies.
Bruce spoke to Sky Sports after the match and the Chronicle have published most of his comments. A few areas that Bruce touched upon were the fitness of Allan Saint-Maximin and what was going on tactically.
The big concern coming his interview is that Allan Saint-Maximin may have re-injured his hamstring. Allan was bowled over by Lewis Dunk late in the second half and struggled after that.
So we are hopeful that he is just feeling the effects from the collision with Dunk and has not had a set-back with his hamstring. This is what Bruce has said about the French winger who was reportedly clutching his hamstring after the game:
“We hope it’s just impact. I haven’t asked the doctor just yet. We’re in tomorrow and we’ll see. We’ve got one or two nursing knocks.”
Steve also commented on the outcome of the match. We understand that he has to take the positives where he can, but this was a terrible performance at home against a side which should not be playing anyone off the pitch. This is what Bruce said what he saw during the game:
“I’m disappointed. First half we found it difficult. Second half we were better. We couldn’t wait to get them in, We made a tactical change after 30 minutes that stemmed the tide a bit but it wasn’t until we got them in at half-time we got a grip on them.
“Ironic thing is the big chances, which we had, were the better ones. Unless you start taking them, you’re in trouble. That’s the way it is.
“The vast majority of the possession – if you analyse it – they had a lot in their own half. It frustrates a lot of teams and we didn’t help ourselves by not organising our press well enough.
“We defended that slightly deeper and it made it better for us. Most of the possession they have is passes in their own half. It’s how they play.”
Newcastle sat back and often let Brighton saunter into Newcastle’s half completely unhindered. It was frustrating to see because it was far too easy for Brighton who were able to pick passes with no pressure. It was down to good fortune that Brighton had trouble getting many of their 16 shots on target.
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