Bruce names player who put in “arguably his best performance” for NUFC last night

Steve Bruce has heaped praise on Jeff Hendrick following his display in last night’s defeat to Burnley, believing it was his best performance in a black and white shirt.

Playing against the club he left last summer, the Irishman had six shots – more than any other player on the pitch – and completed more tackles; a total only better by midfield partner Sean Longstaff.

That said, he did miss one huge chance in second half, with that proving costly as we went on to lose the game on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Here’s what Bruce had to say about his performance when speaking to BBC Newcastle after the game:

“It’s arguably his best performance for us, apart from the (missed) chances.

“He’s played very well.

“I was pleased with Jeff tonight.”

Interestingly, his match rating on WhoScored.com – one of the leading stat sites – was the second poorest of all the outfield players, with Emil Krafth’s 6.71 rating the only one below Hendrick’s mark of 6.76.

That said, he was more lively than usual, got himself into some good positions and looked up for the right against his former club – let’s just hope this doesn’t convince Bruce to opt against signing another midfielder before next week’s deadline!

A day on from last night’s Carabao Cup defeat, the 29-year-old has received a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of next week’s international break.

About Olly Hawkins

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4 thoughts on “Bruce names player who put in “arguably his best performance” for NUFC last night

  1. Bruce: Well Jeff is like a new signing, so we decided we had enough in midfield and didn’t bother trying to fill our loan slots.

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  2. I agree = the past performances have been SHOCKINGLY BAD and the only reason for last night’s was him putting an effort into playing the team that got rid / didn’t play him!

    Let’s see the real Hendrick in the next game he play’s in

    The back FIVE were the best BUT not even a mention from Numpty Bruce (!?)

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  3. “That said, he did miss one huge chance in second half, with that proving costly as we went on to lose the game on penalties after a 0-0 draw.” Obviously not a fan of Hendrick, then Olly. Take just about the only highlight of the match and turn it into something blameworthy?

    “Interestingly, his match rating on WhoScored.com – one of the leading stat sites – was the second poorest of all the outfield players.”
    Surely, rather than bowing down to meaningless stats this is proof of how worthless stats in general are. You don’t decide who your best player was by waiting ’til the stats are published. You do it by watching the match.

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  4. Hendrick did have a good game – probably trying to earn a move back to Burnley so he can play! 😂

    Longstaff’s ball retention was SHOCKING! He gave the ball away, with what should have been a simple pass, several times.

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