Adrian Durham thinks he’s spotted a sign Steve Bruce has lost the dressing room at NUFC

TalkSPORT host Adrian Durham is fearing the worst for Steve Bruce after watching our 5-2 defeat at Leeds United and picking up on something that “wasn’t quite right”.

As he explains below, he believes the “unacceptable” nature of Leeds’ fourth suggests the players are not prepared to “run through brick walls” for their manager, questioning whether Bruce really does have them on his side.

This comes after Bielsa’s side somehow created a 5 v 2 situation straight from a NUFC set piece, with Leeds players completely outrunning us in an attack that saw them score the killer goal.

Here’s what he’s had to say after watching our alarming collapse at Elland Road:

Although I have questioned our lack of intensity at times this season, I do wonder if our capitulation in the final 15 minutes was partially down to us playing two games in five days on the back of a mass Covid outbreak at the club.

Bruce was wary of fatigue heading into Wednesday night’s game, yet we had Isaac Hayden starting consecutive games – a player who had been bed-bound for 10 days with the virus not long ago.

That said, nothing can completely excuse the amateurish nature of our defending in the final stages, with the alarming picture below showing the ‘5 vs 2’ situation Durham refers to:

What do you think folks? Are some of the players looking despondent or do you feel the lack of running is was mainly due to fatigue?

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10 thoughts on “Adrian Durham thinks he’s spotted a sign Steve Bruce has lost the dressing room at NUFC

  1. The lesser sides are always gonna suffer through this hectic period, and with the unusual circumstances surrounding this season it’s gonna be more evident, so that performance doesn’t necessarily mean he’s lost the dressing room, but then again, who knows…

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  2. This is a scurrilous article.. Heads may have gone down at 2-4 but that is a million miles from losing the dressing room. This aside, our big problem is lack of off the ball movement in possession, perhaps induced by the standing off approach of both Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez

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  3. It’s been a SHAMBLES since Bruce arrived – he’s clueless on how to effect a game

    While on Wednesday against Leeds he just wanted ALL midfielder’s when everyone watching was crying out for the Ball to get pitched into the Box as they couldn’t handle high balls

    I’d bet Joelington would get moving under a different Manager or he’d not get onto the pitch as currently he’s not adding ANYTHING

    All we seem to hear is Bruce and his Daughter Alexa crying to the press on how he’s got a plan (!?) No way

    All his Daughter see’s is that a complete Numpty can make a lot of money based on Failure – Bruce is probably thinking what do I have to do to get paid off

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  4. The number of times we have gone in losing at half time and come back out with no new game plan shows a no interest attitude. The buck stops with Bruce no one else to blame

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  5. Bruce still has a better record than the fat Spanish waiter. Get off his back.
    Hes managing our average club with safety as success.

    daniel twist:
    The lesser sides are always gonna suffer through this hectic period, and with the unusual circumstances surrounding this season it’s gonna be more evident, so that performance doesn’t necessarily mean he’s lost the dressing room, but then again, who knows…

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  6. The team just gave up. Nothing to do with dressing room. I’ve tried to be optimistic and give Bruce benefit of the doubt but I think enough is enough now. Leeds battered us, their players strolled out from from the back with the ball. No pressing, no tracking back. It was pathetic. Bruce needs to go. We need someone that expects more from the team. Longstaff needs dropping.

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  7. I don’t know about losing the dressing room,,but any manager who can’t see that Darlow punting the ball long to the opposition time after time giving them the ball and allowing their defenders to bring back the ball without a challenge into your half is missing something

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