Well that was yet another abysmal 90 minutes as a Newcastle United fan, but your frustrations may only get worse if you see what Steve Bruce has had to say in his post-match interview with BT Sport.
In yet another attempt to deflect all blame away from himself, Bruce began by declaring that there’ll “always be grumbles” from Newcastle United fans.
Asked why we went on to lose without putting up any real fight, he blamed the fact we was without several “important players” and referenced the fact Chelsea have a “very good team” after spending big money over the summer, also criticising his players for conceding the early goal.
It’s never his fault.
He also claims to have taken positives from the game, saying there was “pleasing” moments in the second half. Yes we were a bit better in the final 45, but the only pleasing part of that was the final whistle, sadly.
Here’s what he had to say after the game when speaking to BT Sport:
“There will always be grumbles (from fans).
“We had some important players missing. Important ones.
“But Chelsea are a very good team who have spent a lot of money.
“First half we got off to an awful start.
“To concede after 10 minutes and you make it more difficult than it already is.
“Maybe we didn’t do enough and were maybe too deep and there was a bit too much respect at times.
“It’s always the same when you play that system and you’re sucked back a bit.
“No matter how much you work on it, unfortunately we were a bit deep at times.
“Second-half, there was pleasing points which we will take going forward.”
“We had a really decent spell against them and that’s hard to do.
“We had three good opportunities, and against the big teams, you’ve got to take them.”
“I just thought our best spell in the game was when we conceded the second.
“They had possession and had a big chance after that.
“We had one or two opportunities but didn’t take them.”
I don’t expect Bruce to hold his hands up every week and say he got it all wrong, but it’s pretty infuriating that he throws his players under the bus, calls them out on their mistakes and explains how they didn’t do enough after the event – yet doesn’t make an attempt to rectify any of these issues in the way he sets up each week.
The press will wonder why we’re complaining, but that was yet another damning defeat that flatters us massively, with Chelsea likely to win that by five or six on another day.
Sort it out, Steve.