If losing to Burnley on penalties after a 0-0 draw isn’t bad enough, Steve Bruce made some typically infuriating comments following last night’s Carabao Cup exit at St James’ Park.
Somehow, speaking to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder after the game, the Newcastle United boss reminded fans…”we haven’t lost on the night.”
Now, this may be an attempt to say we didn’t ‘lose’ in normal time and were instead beaten on penalties – which we are very aware of – however it’s an absolute embarrassing comment to make, whether we deserved to go through or not.
Burnley are in the next round. Newcastle are out. How can those two things leave a manager saying “we haven’t lost on the night” is beyond me.
Bruce also revealed that he was “pleased” with our performance, insisting that it’d have been a different story had we taken our chances.
This may be true, but this is the same man who was “encouraged” by our performance over the weekend – despite the fact we not only lost 2-0 to a Villa side who looked way below their best for large parts, but also registered our only shot on goal in the 96th minute!
The NUFC boss also bemoaned our lack of luck, yet sometimes you make your own. Yes, the likes of Gayle and Hendrick could and should’ve put the tie to bed in the second half, but you sometimes make your own luck – and failing to name Wilson on the bench seemed like a huge mistake as we headed for penalties.
Here’s what he had to say when speaking after last night’s cup exit:
“I don’t think we’ve done much wrong, despite not winning.
“We haven’t lost on the night.
“We have to keep believing we can turn things around.
“We all know penalties are a lottery and they can go either way.
“What pleased me more was the performance of the team, I thought we were excellent throughout.
“If you want to be critical we’ve missed big, big chances, and at this level against a Premier League team you’ve got to take them.
“But overall, the way the team played defensively I thought we were excellent, I can’t remember Burnley having a shot or my goalkeeper having a save to make.
“But we’re not having any luck at the minute, we’ve got to keep bashing away and I’m sure it’ll change.”
It’s not all about luck when you don’t even bother putting your best striker on the bench, you know, just incase he’s needed for a penalty shootout…