Another Steve Bruce Special in Newcastle United’s loss to City

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United F.C. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United F.C. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United were essentially spectators in their away defeat to Man City.

If you were hoping that Newcastle United would turn things around vs. Manchester City today, you were left disappointed by their performance on Boxing Day. Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres provided the goals for City in a 2-0 result vs. the Magpies at a rainy Etihad Stadium.

Another Steve Bruce Special

It would have been a bit naive to expect an upset win for Newcastle United today, but supporters deserved better than the performance they saw. In typical Steve Bruce fashion, there was very little ambition going forward, hopeful defending, and odd personnel decisions, like subbing Andy Carroll on before Dwight Gayle.

The club finished with less than 25% possession and had two shots on goal, both from Jacob Murphy. Even with City not clicking on all gears, Newcastle were left scrambling to defend in the box and rely on some big saves from Karl Darlow.

While they didn’t get blown away, this is what the Toon Army can anticipate from the club with Bruce in charge.  The close results with this ultra-defensive approach allow the club to avoid embarrassment and keep the pressure on Bruce from reaching maximum levels. It will simply continue to delay the inevitable.

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What’s Next?

Unfortunately, things get even tougher for the Magpies midweek. They take on league-leading Liverpool on Wednesday at St. James’ Park. Jurgen Klopp’s side will look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they face West Brom tomorrow before the Newcastle matchup.