Newcastle scored three goals in a Premier League game at St James’ Park against 11 men for the first time under Steve Bruce last weekend.
Our 3-1 win against Burnley was just the second time that we scored more than two goals at home under his leadership – the first occasion was our commanding 3-0 win against 10-man Sheffield United during “Project Restart”.
Does this show that Bruce is slowly but surely sticking to his promise of implementing a more offensive style of play over time? Or does it highlight just how poor Burnley look this season – having lost their opening three games? Perhaps a bit of both.
Out of his 42 top flight games in charge on Tyneside (both home and away), Bruce’s Newcastle have failed to score in 12 of them – a huge 28%, so it may be jumping the gun slightly to suggest that we have returned to the Keegan era.
Another reason for us managing to score three goals is well, erm, the fact that we have an actual centre-forward to stick the ball in the net!
Callum Wilson has hit the ground running in a black-and-white shirt, scoring four goals in as many games in the top flight.
Let’s be honest, most of last season was effectively played without a striker given how out of place Joelinton looked up top. Now that Bruce has someone he can rely on in front of goal, it will help him become a bit more offensive in his approach.
That’s the plan anyway – or at least what we’re hoping to see from here on in after a much improved attacking display against Burnley last time out!