Newcastle 1-1 Wolves: Uninspiring stuff as 10-man Toon limp over the line

If Steve Bruce wants respect from us Newcastle fans, then he needs to start overseeing MUCH better performances than that, with us throwing away two points against a Wolves side well below their best.

With the exception of maybe a 25 minute period in the first half, Wolves were in control. Just like Brighton, we barely got a kick at home and gave the home crowd little to get exited about, yet somehow managed to come away with a point.

It was an all to familiar start to the game today. We were supposed to be the team with the fitness advantage because we didn’t play on Thursday, but Wolves had more energy, more possession and certainly more of a clue.

Lascelles, Clark and Fernandez are all more than competent defenders, but our lack of ability to play out from the back was evident. We were so deep and couldn’t get any kind of foothold. Yet as the half went on we gained momentum, upped the tempo and suddenly were on top.

Bruce talked about wasted opportunities at Chelsea and it was more of the same here, so many times we had players in the right position and the final ball was awful, with Almiron’s execution and Saint Maximin’s decision making both poor. However we undoubtedly got better as the half went on, Matty and Sean started to take control of the middle despite being numerically outnumbered and on 37 minutes, the skipper got on the end of a brilliant cross from Fernandez to score a bullet header and send us in 1-0 up at half time.

The second half started pretty much the same as the first, with Wolves dictating the game and us struggling to string two passes together. Sadly this time it stayed like that.

We were very lucky to not concede twice to Jota, who headed over unmarked from 8 yards, then shot straight at Dubravka after a brilliant run. In between that Saint Maximin picked up the ball in his own half, glided through the entire Wolves midfield, advanced into the area, then simply ran the ball out of play. Then it came.

After a cross from the right, Dubravka needlessly palmed the ball down into the path of Jonny who equalized. It was an avoidable goal to concede, but it had been coming.

We managed to push back a little and get back into the game but the momentum was lost on 82 minutes when Sean Longstaff was sent off for a tackle on Neves which was reckless but not malicious, but now we have to cope without him for 3 games. We limped over the line and it ended all square, with Doherty missing a golden chance in stoppage time.

Really hard to find positives from this to be honest. He’s our biggest threat and clearly very talented, but Saint Maximin needs to learn how to release the ball earlier, while Almiron and Joelinton just look lost, with the latter being so isolated yet again. Both are victims of a lack of service, tactical plan, and being played out of postion.

We head to West Ham with a due sense of exhaustion and dread.

79 thoughts on “Newcastle 1-1 Wolves: Uninspiring stuff as 10-man Toon limp over the line

  1. Jamie – I think you are being generous with 25mins mate. I’d have said the last 15mins of the first half was the only time we looked in control of the game and dangerous.

    But we certainly didn’t come out in the 2nd half and capitalise on that at all. Quite the opposite. We just sat back and invited them on to us.

    I think Joelinton looks lost and is so isolated up there he must be pleased when he’s substituted. He is totally wasted imo and it’s not his fault. But the style we are playing, we are a 10 man team with him up there alone.

    I also think you are being extremely generous to Almiron. You may say lack of service and tactical plan – the biggest thing the lad lacks is composure. He had another 2 big chances today and failed to even hit the target. He also had the chance to release Yedlin for what looked a promising counter attack and played a dreadful pass.

    I would be dropping him now – just to the bench and a threat later in the game.

    But Joelinton needs support up there and I think Gayle or even Muto would help him more. I’m not saying either are better players than Almiron – just that they would be better for Joelinton and our front line.

    Ultimately Bruce has to change something, coz that’s 20 games now where Almiron has failed to score or contribute to a goal in any way.

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  2. Bruce has no idea. 5-4-1 at home. No wonder Joelinton finds it difficult to score. I wonder if Bruce told us to sit back and defend our one goal lead? That really was a terrible game and Yedlin was absolutely awful: passed back when he should have crossed and when he did cross he couldn’t beat the first defender. By and large I don’t think our players are as bad as the performances. I just don’t think Bruce inspires confidence.

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  3. We don’t go forward with belief and certainly do not get quality balls to our forward players. Certainly do not play to our forwards strengths.
    Just look at Ayoze Perez go now.
    Like many players from Newcastle
    Their talent is used to the full when passed on to other clubs.
    Where has the old attacking Newcastle gone?

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  4. Peter Hajzyk:
    We don’t go forward with belief and certainly do not get quality balls to our forward players.Certainly do not play to our forwards strengths.
    Just look at Ayoze Perez go now.
    Like many players from Newcastle
    Their talent is used to the full when passed on to other clubs.
    Where has the old attacking Newcastle gone?

    Peter – well our former manager favoured the defensive approach and our current manager isn’t sure yet.
    I’m not sure Perez is the player to look at. Before Friday night he hadn’t scored. For us, he was a top scorer so it’s not like he found his form having left – he was already good, he just didn’t turn up til January most seasons.

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  5. We have relegation written all over us, need something done come jan window if it isn’t too late by then.
    Teams just crowd out Almiron and Joelinton which leaves them snatching at chances, zero composure from our front line and poor passing in the final third too, just bloody awful to watch and have been for the whole season.

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  6. Kim – I know Almiron frustrates you too, but I can hear excuses for him anymore.

    The only way I’d keep him in the team is if we switched to 4-3-3 and he’d be in the midfield 3 with the Longstaffs.

    He’s not composed or clinical enough to be part of our front line anymore imo – and if it were Gayle or Joselu who had played 20 games and contributed to zero goals in that time, they would be slaughtered – yet Almiron gets off coz he runs round a lot.

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  7. I wasn’t a total fan of Rafa’s football which was boring to watch at times even when winning, but one thing I admired about him is that he never criticised players n public I note that Bruce following on from Pardew is not slow to criticise a player when the main person at fault is himself. Fans will criticise in public a player’s failings and that’s fair enough but a manager shouldn’t do it especially when he is using it to divert criticism from himself.

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  8. Groucho:
    I wasn’t a total fan of Rafa’s football which was boring to watch at times even when winning, but one thing I admired about him is that he never criticised players n publicI note that Bruce following on from Pardew is not slow to criticise a player when the main person at fault is himself. Fans will criticise in public a player’s failings and that’s fair enough but a manager shouldn’t do it especially when he is using it to divert criticism from himself.

    Groucho – why shouldn’t a player be criticised if they aren’t performing??.
    You wouldn’t have the manager or supervisor of a sales team held accountable if one of their staff weren’t hitting target – why should it always only be on the manager?!.

    Everyone should be held to account for their part – manager and players alike.

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  9. That was a sleep inducing watch. How long will we persist in playing without a striker? Joelinton has me really pissed off. He’s not even very mobile. Fans are making all kinds of excuses for him but it seems to me he’s just crap. I’d rather have seen Toney, Arma or Sorenson yesterday and even that is scraping the barrel.

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  10. georgio:
    That was a sleep inducing watch. How long will we persist in playing without a striker? Joelinton has me really pissed off. He’s not even very mobile. Fans are making all kinds of excuses for him but it seems to me he’s just crap. I’d rather have seen Toney,Arma or Sorenson yesterday and even that is scraping the barrel.

    Georgio – he may be crap, but we will never really know until he gets chance to prove it.
    It showed highlights on MOTD last night where he’s making runs into the channels but the ball isn’t getting played to him. It also showed that for large parts of the game there was no NUFC player within 25yrds of him – that’s not his fault.
    It also showed that between Joelinton, Almiron and ASM – there is 1 goal (Joelinton) and ZERO assists between all 3 of them.

    Joelinton has had some chances. I can’t remember who it was against now but I remember a header which was an absolute sitter that he missed. Forwards will miss chances to be fair – but we aren’t creating enough for him, or supporting him.

    I’m a broken record on it but Almiron has not scored or created in 20 games so far – that’s shocking!! – and he’s had some real chances as well!.

    Whether you rate them or not, I fail to believe that Muto or Gayle would not contribute a single goal or assist in 20 games!!. Atsu has contributed more than ASM and Almiron so far this season – yet Muto, Gayle and Atsu are left out for players who are not producing.

    He is sticking with Almiron who’s confidence is low and it’s not paying off – but at the same time, it must be p!ssing other players off, thinking hang on a minute, why aren’t I getting a chance?!. – especially Atsu, who has performed and produced when called on, but as soon as ASM is fit he’s out and Max is in, regardless of form.

    Both ASM and Almiron are maverick players – teams like ours struggle to accommodate 1 of those type of players usually – we currently have 2 – no wonder our front line doesn’t function.

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  11. Chance to prove it Sharpy? The guy has had 10 games now and I’m yet to see him have a shot at goal. That’s shockingly poor. He did score at Spurs when clean through on his own and he even scuffed that in.

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  12. georgio:
    Chance to prove it Sharpy? The guy has had 10 games now and I’m yet to see him have a shot at goal. That’s shockingly poor. He did score at Spurs when clean through on his own and he even scuffed that in.

    Then he’s done more than Almiron or ASM then.

    Honestly mate, Christano Ronaldo could play up front for us at the moment and struggle.
    We are not creating for him or supporting him in any way.

    Gayle got slated for not being clinical, but he was getting chances and missing them. Joelinton isn’t getting the chances.

    Don’t get me wrong mate. He wasn’t prolific in Germany, so I don’t expect him to be in the PL either, but I think he’s a lot better then we are allowing him to be just now.

    I would like to see Gayle or Muto alongside him and see how much more he offers then.
    If nothing, then so be it, but at least he’d have had a fair crack then.

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  13. Jamie: I wouldn’t read too much into Bruce saying he was DELIGHTED with the 1st half. That is his crutch word. A word he uses all of the time when he can’t think of anything else. Look back at his interviews. You would think a part time crime novelist would have more adjectives to throw into conversation but that is his fall-back word.

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  14. I am not sure if I am trying to defend Bruce here but he is trying to integrate 6 new players into the team. Some from other countries and some from the academy. I am sure a lot of people on here have moved for a job or University and it sometimes takes a while to adjust.

    The six players include Almiron who has only played 20 games. Longstaff the taller who has played a similar number. Then Joelinton, St Max and Willems. Longstaff the shorter has played 3 games and I think might be a bit overawed by all the publicity he got after the Man U game. I think he is playing OK but it might be hard on the young lad.

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  15. Bruce must be under pressure to start all of our most expensive signings in club history – the 3 forwards. He really hasn’t had much choice though, has he? I would definitely try either Gayle or Atsu just to have someone familiar with the club who is more comfortable.

    Then there is the midfield. The Hayden red left us short but the recruiters had done that already. We had two novices in the Longstaffs to support Shelvey who Rafa would have sold.

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  16. I have said this before, but who is Nickson and what qualifies him to be the main man in recruitment? Almiron was supposedly Rafa’s choice but the negotiations were left to Nickson. He is the one who flew out to Atlanta. Rafa obviously saw Almiron as a left winger because that’s where he played him.

    Then who does Nickson buy? 2 more left wingers – St Max and Joelinton.

    Bruce is saying today that Joelinton is doing extra training on hold up play. Doh, maybe if that’s what we wanted then that is what we should have bought. We are buying greyhounds when we needed a rottweiler.

    I actually think our new forwards are OK but maybe not now, together, all at the same time. They have shown glimpses but that is not enough. YET. But it is a combination of the 6 new players, buying 3 left wingers and perhaps Bruce might not being up to it.

    Still 6 points ahead of where Rafa had us last year 🙂

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  17. So, after 10 games what grade would you give Bruce? I would say a solid “C”. Let me explain the reasons.

    1. Having to integrate 6 new players without an out and out centre forward. The one we got, his legs have gone. The West Ham fans told us that.

    2. Played 6 of last seasons top 7. A very similar start to last year when Rafa had 3 points at this stage and we were also playing awful football.

    3. We did beat Man U, so that has to count for something.

    4. What did everybody expect! We pretty much ONLY replaced Rondon (not quite) and Perez so were going into the season with the same team against teams that had strengthened. Where is the central midfielder FFS?

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  18. And after the Man U game in the press and social media we supposedly had the next Paul Scholes (Longstaff the shorter) and next Michael Carrick (Longstaff the taller). I am not saying the publicity went to their heads but it just seemed there would be a bit of a let down. Consolidation if you want to put it nicely. That just seems to be the way it works when there is so much hype. I have followed NUFC for long enough to not get carried away.

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  19. It’s possibly the most boring football I think I’ve ever seen. I’m so bored I spent most of yesterday’s match talking to people instead of actually watching it.

    All goes back to one man. Jabba! He appoints such an underwhelming manager when we needed the complete opposite. He put in place a transfer policy where transfers are lined up without us even having a manager. He spent £40m in a player who looks about as good as Shefki Kuqi.

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  20. Stuart: I don’t think Bruce has done that bad with what he has (see above). I wouldn’t have hired him but what can he do with 5 left wingers and no fit or established PL central midfielders?

    Ritchie was a pretty crap rightwinger in the PL and looked better on the left. Because he is left footed.

    Atsu, Joelinton, St Max and Almiron are all leftwingers. So, that’s 5.

    Willems plays like a left winger so that might even be 6!!!!

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  21. So, here’s your remit Steve. We’ll give you 6 centre halfs and 6 left wingers and a couple of kids and permanently injured Shelvey (who nobody seems to know what to do with anyway) in central midfield. Oh, and Big Injured Andy. See what you can do, eh?

    Repeating myself again. But the forwards seem like good players but not necessarily in the same team at the same time. The failure to sign another central midfielder is criminally negligent.

    It is Fatso’s fault though, as Stuart says. He is letting the accountant and someone who chooses players like he assesses them on FIFA Pro 19 or whatever that video game is called. With no inkling of how they will fit in an actual matchday team.

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  22. We will not get anywhere with Steve Bruce. I said when we hired him that he was bottom 5 Pl and top 6 Championship. Nothing I have seen has shown me any different. Kimtoon thinks we will be relegated this year, I think we might just survive but we will be a “dead man walking” like Sunderland were and it will be next year.

    I have posted excerpts from Brucie’s crime novels on here before. If you read them you can get a taste for how he manages. There are plot lines but nothing quite seems to fit properly. He can write and string a sentence together but it all seems a bit contrived. Like our style of play.

    But the hero wins out in his pulp fiction novels, and that hero is Steve Bruce’s alter-ego in his crime novels. Hopefully it will be a happy ending for NUFC this year and we will stay up.

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  23. Eric – you are absolute right, there is a real imbalance to our wingers – BUT Almiron is more than capable on the right. He just makes poor decisions in his passing and lacks composure in his finishing.

    But, there is no other choice beyond him really. Ritchie is better suited on the left, as is ASM and Atsu.
    Arguably Yedlin is our best option as a right winger at the mo.

    Jarrod Bowen looks a good potential as a right winger – but watching his highlight reels and he is very left footed too.

    I don’t know if Bruce sees Joelinton, ASM and Almiron as his best front 3 – maybe on form they are. But they aren’t on form at the moment.
    Atsu has 2 assists this season with very little game time – yet as soon as ASM was fit again, Atsu was out and ASM in. I’m not sure that was the right call. I don’t think ASM and Almiron should be in the team together.

    I’m not sure bringing Andy Carroll is the right substitution – I think that’s for the sake of the fans rather than the sake of the team.

    I feel like a lot of Bruceys decisions so far have been to win fans rather than football matches – if that makes sense.

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  24. Sharpy: in MLS Almiron was making the correct decisions. I know it is a much lower quality league but the lad can do it. He also does in the internationals. They all need a bit of time to get used to each other and develop some rapport. We are literally playing a team of strangers, so need Gayle and maybe even Shelvey in there to give some stability. Hayden should definitely be straight back in.

    Longstaff the shorter should be given time. Not dropped, but not being the fulcrum of the team just yet. He looks like he could be but I don’t think he should start every game. Too much on his shoulders!

    Our defense has been OK apart from Leicester where we were down to 10 men. They know each others games. I think that makes a big difference.

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  25. We seem to have decided that the best way to cure a lack of goals is to become more defensive. How does that work? We don’t commit enough players forward. It’s really poor.

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  26. Eric Sykes:
    Sharpy: in MLS Almiron was making the correct decisions. I know it is a much lower quality league but the lad can do it. He also does in the internationals. They all need a bit of time to get used to each other and develop some rapport. We are literally playing a team of strangers, so need Gayle and maybe even Shelvey in there to give some stability. Hayden should definitely be straight back in.

    Longstaff the shorter should be given time. Not dropped, but not being the fulcrum of the team just yet. He looks like he could be but I don’t think he should start every game. Too much on his shoulders!

    Our defense has been OK apart from Leicester where we were down to 10 men. They know each others games. I think that makes a big difference.

    Eric – I’m not saying throw the lad on the scrap heap. I’m simply saying that continuing to start him and hope that something comes off for him clearly isn’t working.

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  27. Sharpy, mate. I am not giving anybody a free pass on this. Not players, Fatso, the accountant, Brucie. Not the recruitment team.

    They have all conspired to make us less than the sum of our parts.

    It is now up to Bruce to give everybody a big shake and have us playing as a team. I am not sure if he is up to it.

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  28. He’s not Eric. Dinosaur is a word that keeps getting applied to him. I’m not sure what he brings to the club if anything but being a nice bloke.

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  29. He’s clearly not up to it. We were never going to improve once we appointed Bruce. That means we could only ever get worse. Lets see but the evidence is so far quite damning.

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  30. Another dreadful performance.
    Almiron worked tirelessly for the team . Several times he came back to his own 18 yard box to take the ball off the opposition , bringing it forward and trying to make things happen. All this despite being viciously elbowed in the face by Saiss who should have been given a red card.
    Maximin also tried his best to get up the field with the ball.
    Sean Longstaff had a very poor game and Joelinton did absolutely nothing to justify a £40m fee.
    These two were well beaten to the worst performance of the week by Steve Bruce who won that award by a country mile.

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  31. I think Bruce needs to tweak the formation to 3-4-1-2

    ——————- Dubravka ——————-
    —— Schar — Lascelles — Clark ——
    Yedlin ——————————Williems – ——- M.Longstaff — Hayden ———
    —————— Almiron ——————
    ————- Gayle —— Joelinton———

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  32. Sidekick: I think you are being a little bit rough on Joelinton. Whenever he gets the ball there are 2 players on him. They are also trying to teach a 40 million pound player how to hold the ball up. With extra training sessions. I don’t think they really thought this through. The lad is new to the PL, new to England, has limited English language skills and they are trying to ram even more stuff into his head.

    Again, they bought a greyhound when they needed a Rottweiler. But it is up to Bruce to adjust the tactics. If we don’t have a hold-up centre forward then don’t set the team up like we have one. Sure, work with Joelinton in training to try to make that side of his game better but that cannot be the focus in the game until he grasps the concept.

    Look at the 2 best teams in the league. They do not have a hold up centre forward. They both cheat with their high press and tactical fouling, but that’s another discussion 🙂

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  33. And we all need to get over Andy Carroll right now. He was a pretty low risk punt that could help in the last 20 minutes as someone to bounce the ball off and hassle the other team’s defenders. That’s it though, or perhaps add in a defensive header or two.

    His injuries have not been just to his ankles at West Ham. He is broken. He has lost any pace he had. He did not score goals for West Ham for the last 3 years. I don’t think he has the spring anymore.

    I don’t think anybody on here thought he was the solution but we need to get away from having a hold up player because Andy in his current iteration is not it either.

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  34. Jesus Christ on a Dyke! I can’t believe what I am seeing in Parliament. The Labour Party and Liberals now wants 16 year old to get the vote. Only in politics can people say at 16 you aren’t responsible to buy alcohol, gamble, drive a car, fight in the armed forces, get married or even go on sun beds without parents permission but you can have the responsibility of voting.

    Please God help us!

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  35. Stuart: maybe they are trying to compete with Flouncy Boris and Crazy Tax Cheat Bigot Racist Trump for honours in the Mad Politician Stakes?

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  36. OUR ONLY HOPE:

    Watford got beat 8-1. When that happens it shows a bad team ready for relegation.

    Same with Southampton and 9 nil.

    Norwich have conceded 24 goals and might be this year’s Fulham. Not in what they have spent, but in that their attack cannot overcome an incredibly bad defense.

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  37. Stuart
    What you may not know is that the EU wants to leave NATO and have its own EU armed forces.
    The benefits to the EU will be ;
    1) no more paying 2% of GDP to NATO.
    2)military vehicles ,aircraft ,weaponry and munitions manufactured in the EU.
    3) conscription into the EU armed forces from the age of 18 , and for three years , will solve youth unemployment throughout the EU.
    France has already confirmed that they are to bring in conscription for an EU army and Sweden has also shown interest.
    Under the circumstances do you not agree that 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote and then have no complaints when we stay in the EU and they get their call- up papers?

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  38. sidekick:
    Stuart
    What you may not know is that the EU wants to leave NATO and have its own EU armed forces.
    The benefits to the EU will be ;
    1) no more paying 2% of GDP to NATO.
    2)military vehicles ,aircraft ,weaponry and munitions manufactured in the EU.
    3) conscription into the EU armed forces from the age of 18 , and for three years , will solve youth unemployment throughout the EU.
    France has already confirmed that they are to bring in conscriptionfor an EU army and Sweden has also shown interest.
    Under the circumstances do you not agree that 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote and then have no complaintswhen we stay in the EU and they get their call- up papers?

    😂😂😂 That would be quite funny!

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  39. Eric Sykes:
    Stuart: maybe they are trying to compete with Flouncy Boris and Crazy Tax Cheat Bigot Racist Trump for honours in the Mad Politician Stakes?

    #GoBoJo

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  40. A referendum over a general election would make more sense to me – are we still fighting for what the majority want now we have a better understanding of what leave will look like.

    I have a really bad feeling that Nigel Farage could be very well in this Election – and that scares the crap out of me!!.

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  41. They are all mental and off their heads –

    Flouncy Boris
    Mad Hatter Trump
    Jeremy – is looking like I am homeless a good thing to get elected – Corbin?
    Farage, fckin Farage!!! You may as well elect a goat dressed in a tutu.

    Actually, Britain did have a PM that was a goat dressed in a tutu – Teresa May.

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  42. Ms. May has the floor.

    I hearby declare that I am not Margaret Thatcher and dress nothing like her.

    Now, Flouncy Boris? do you think you can fck this Brexit stuff up even more than me? Great! I wont go down as the worst PM in history then. Neville Chamberlain? Never heard of him.

    I will go off and play a pantomime dame now because that is what I have always looked like as PM. Tarby, are we ready for Panto? Stan Boardman, do you have the Geermans “jokes” ready?

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  43. In case anybody didn’t notice. I have a thing about Stan Boardman not being funny, even though I left the UK 30 years ago and haven’t seen him in at least 20 years. He is probably dead for all I know.

    What I do know is having only 2 jokes – Geermans and Fokkers – should automatically induct you into the Scousers Hall of Fame.

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  44. Sharpy17:
    A referendum over a general election would make more sense to me – are we still fighting for what the majority want now we have a better understanding of what leave will look like.

    Totally agree mate.
    I think it’s shameful having an election before brexit has been sorted anyway.
    I have a really bad feeling that Nigel Farage could be very well in this Election – and that scares the crap out of me!!.

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  45. I am going to repeat this until I am blue in the face. What Bruce is doing wrong is playing too many players who are new to the Premier League and to each other all in the same team. Whether bought from other leagues or from the academy. You cannot start a team of strangers it doesn’t matter how good they are.

    Having Lejeune, Ritchie and Gayle back will help. Even if the players they replace might actually be better than them.

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  46. I also think dropping Dummett is stupid.

    Jonjo, I can’t figure out if he would help or hinder us at this point.

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  47. another load of ****e,sports scene reporting a hour ago that Jose is coming in for S B at SJP where do they get this crap from???,moved for him before the gunners do

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  48. Jose says with a bit investing he will make us a top four club,another load of crap,beats me why i read such crap

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  49. Charlie Bennett: I read the Chronic “exclusive” you referred to and it was by Ryder saying the square root of f-all. He said Gayle and Shelvey COULD start. No sh!t Sherlock, they came on as subs against Wolves and we are not scoring. Hayden, he lost his place due to suspension and Longstaff the taller is now suspended.

    Ryder didn’t say anything that the rest of us didn’t already know but probably claims an EXCLUSIVE because he might have talked to one of the coaches who said all of the above might start.

    I don’t know what is “exclusive” about what Ryder is saying. Glad you picked up on that. When I read it, I thought – typical Ryder, saying nowt and filling out his word quota. The Q and A he did said nowt as well.

    How does Lee Ryder still have a job should be the question that is asked!!!

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  50. I am not going to quote Ryder directly but one of the questions he was asked was will we sign anybody in January. His answer was maybe. Maybe 1 or 2. No specifics of any targets. What sort of fcking answer is that from the chief sports writer. Every PL club will maybe sign 1 or 2 in January Lee.

    I thought his job was to have some inside knowledge? Some insight? Some something? Is he scared of being banned again if he reveals targets?

    Why would he care about being banned when he tells us nothing anyway in his “exclusives”?

    Ryder’s Q and A was another complete joke of him “answering” 9 questions and saying nothing. Go back to your barstool or Starbucks counter, or wherever you spend your time Lee. And stop wasting mine.

    EXCLUSIVE: Lee Ryder has no sources at NUFC and is a useless writer. 200 words of pathetic filler every day to justify his “job”.

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  51. Icedog: every time I read anything Ryder says it makes me scratch my head and wonder why? Why did I read it? Why did I click? Why does Lee Ryder have a job? I don’t get angry, I get puzzled. Puzzled that this man can write 200 words of nothing every day for more than 20 years and still have a job.

    Even Little Chrissy Waugh would try to do some analysis of the NUFC finances (badly) at times.

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  52. Eric Sykes:
    Icedog: every time I read anything Ryder says it makes me scratch my head and wonder why? Why did I read it? Why did I click? Why does Lee Ryder have a job? I don’t get angry, I get puzzled. Puzzled that this man can write 200 words of nothing every day for more than 20 years and still have a job.

    Even Little Chrissy Waugh would try to do some analysis of the NUFC finances (badly) at times.

    snap 😆 😆 😆

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  53. Going to Scotland in a week so I might try to figure out Steve the Bruce. What is his management style? He seems to want to be friends with everybody. Then he doles out some “tough love”. He is often “delighted”.

    When we are being overrun, he sits on his hands.

    What do his coaches do? Aren’t we supposed to have a plan from corners and free kicks? Rinse and repeat seems to be it. Like in the old Ugly John Carver days.

    Why stick with Longstaff on all set pieces when he clearly didn’t have it together against Wolves. Anybody who has played golf knows that some days it just doesn’t work. So why not mix it up and have an alternative at set pieces? AGAIN, it was like Carver having it hoofed to Williamson on the edge of the 18 yard box, every time. How can they not see this?

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  54. Even at Real Madrid they let Bale take some of the free kicks. Christiano went 60 direct free kicks without scoring. But now Longstaff the taller gets them all, even when they are not working. I can understand giving the lad a chance, but maybe mix it up once in a while?

    I think that is really what I have noticed in Bruce’s short time. That him and his coaches sit on their hands and don’t react. They are never pro-active. But, they probably have a lot of facebook friends as they all want to be NICE. Even when Bruce is angry he changes his mind the next day and says it is tough love.

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  55. Bruce put subs on with 2 min to go whats that going to do apart from them getting the winner,hasnt got PL know how ime afraid,didnt have a clue at Villa left them in 12th lad got them up to PL with the same players,what does that tell you

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  56. Not expecting us to beat the hammers, i don’t think they are that good more that we just struggle to score if our mf players and defenders don’t get in on the act.
    Think we have to start Gayle now, lets see if he really is a PL forward .
    I like Almiron but think we need to take pressure off him now and keep as a late sub, i would also start Atsu who hasn’t really put a foot wrong when asked to play.

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  57. icedog:
    Bruce put subs on with 2 min to go whats that going to do apart from them getting the winner,hasnt got PL know how ime afraid,didnt have a clue at Villa left them in 12th lad got them up to PL with the same players,what does that tell you

    He was far too late with subs last weekend, what was Gayle meant to do so late on, Sean getting the red didn’t help matters.

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  58. I am still mad at Pards and Ugly John for the lump it to Williamson on the edge of the 18 yard box free-kick routine. So when I see the rinse and repeat with Longstaff it gives me flashbacks. So stop it Brucie. He’ll have to have another plan anyway with Longstaff the taller being suspended.

    Shelvey hitting the wall from free kicks, skying it into the stands or hitting the 1st defender on the near post from corners is it then 🙂 Watch a few vidoes Brucie. Jonjo is sh!t on set pieces. Give him time to think and he overthinks.

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  59. Yes, I know. A bit of a rant. I am frustrated because there looks to be a decent team there. The attackers are all good except the final ball. A front 3 of Moussa Sissokos 🙂 But a good manager could settle at least 1 of them down.

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  60. We were getting better at corners under Rafa too, actually got a few goals from them. Now we have gone back to where we were.

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  61. Oh, c’mon. We have to do OK against the most overrated player in the history of football – Declan Rice. And his Dad – Mark Noble?

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  62. How many 1 nil wins can we expect to get? That’s the only way we can win. Can we stop West Ham from scoring? If not we can’t win.

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again. How on Earth is it sensible to solve a goal scoring problem by giving the opposition all the possession and going even more defensive?

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  63. Bruce says if there’s anybody who can improve us in January “then of course we will be interested”. That’s just about everybody then…

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  64. We are approaching peak nonsense now from Labour. They have decided they would like to ban people from being billionaires… Steptoe criticised Jabba, Jim Radcliffe and Rupert Murdoch. Between them they employ 80,000 and paid £170m in tax last year. Jabba is obviously a odious toad but Jesus Christ – has anybody any idea what would happen if this Venezuela lover got in power?! Everyone would be employed by the state, nobody would be able to earn more than anybody else and it would be a social experiment that meant everyone was poor.

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  65. I have to admit I am not too sure what Bruce will do tomorrow.

    I am pretty sure he will stick with the same defense although I am not sure what Dummett has done to be dropped.

    There is obviously a forced change in midfield and that will be Hayden. But how about Shelvey for Longstaff the Shorter?

    Up front, we have to get Gayle on but the 3 new players work their socks off so I wouldn’t know who to drop. I really have no idea, although something has to change and not in the fcking 81st minute Brucie.

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  66. On the workrate with the 3 up front. It is great to see them tracking back and making tackles. Almiron is especially hard working. But that is not their primary job. Their job is to make and score goals. Tracking back is a bonus.

    None of them are doing their main job so it is time for a change. Who to change? Toss a coin because they have all been equally bad with their end product.

    Bruce is giving us no clue. That might be canny management in not letting the opposition know his plans or it might be that he has no idea himself and will toss a coin. Which is my suggestion 🙂

    I do know that having 3 left wingers playing at the same time will be unlikely to get you goals. YOU BOUGHT 3 LEFT WINGERS NICKSON. And we already had 2 – Atsu and Ritchie.

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  67. Stuart
    It would not be a social experiment , it would be what it is , —- communism.
    The labour party is now the Communist Party and the electorate in this area , who religiously vote Labour , should now be well aware of this.
    The Conservative Party do not do well up here so we are very fortunate that we will have the opportunity to vote for the Brexit Party.

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  68. I actually think we have bought decent players. But again. Greyhounds and Rottweilers. You don’t buy another greyhound when you need a Rottweiler. The Greyhound will not protect your caravan and the Rottweiler will not catch you a rabbit!

    Who is Steve Nickson and how did Fatso let him spend 80 million pounds of his money?

    Help us out Dwight. I know you can score goals in the PL.

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