Steve Bruce: Have we underestimated Newcastle manager?
Newcastle fans are not yet contradicted his title but the sound that shook St James’ Park in the 88th minute on a bright and sharp Saturday should have looked as great to manager Steve Bruce.
He and his backroom team jumped in unison when goalscorer Jonjo Shelvey and the remaining part of the team ran over to the dugout to observe the equaliser that secured a 2-2 draw minutes after it seemed Kevin de Bruyne had won the game for City.
The pleasure on Bruce’s face in the final whistle was following his first game in charge of his own boyhood clubwhen they lost 1-0 to Unai Emery’s Arsenal after an uninspiring screen in August.
It turned out to be a wet and dreary occasion. A day once the fans, whose cherished manager Rafael Benitez had abandoned them protested outside the scene from the possession and stayed away.
Bruce was subsequently odds to become the first Premier League manager to lose his job, while Emery has gone however he remains and enhanced his standing on Tyneside.
Did we underestimate Bruce? And just how far could he take the club?
Through a summer, Bruce success Benitez seemed for many Newcastle supporters.
A Geordie, for Bruce, that was his dream gig. But one of the 33 directors to have managed 200 or even more Premier League games in charge, his win percent of 28.1percent (110 games in 392 matches ) was the second-lowest. And he had managed Sunderland, which proved to be a.
All too apparent during the protests from the ownership ahead of the Arsenal match, Even the disillusionment, grew at’relegation rivals’ Norwich. The house crowds that averaged over season were currently about 45,000.
But odd results began to pop up. Before Bruce’s men procured back-to-back victories against Bournemouth and West Ham the wins Tottenham and Manchester United took some.
In fact, those wins happened as when the side of Benitez discovered kind to move to a winning run last season.
When it comes to things it is another feather in the cap for Bruce, whose side have four more at this stage compared to his predecessor managed word.
For that he has his backline to thank for both keeping it tight and providing a threat up – prior to the second against City of Shelvey, eight of their 10 Newcastle goals had been scored by defenders.
On the reverse side, some of these Toon Army will let you know that their attack of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron along with widemen Allan Saint-Maximin have underperformed.
The trio cost the club over 80m but until the fixture of Saturday they’d only managed one goal and one assist involving them both belonging to Joelinton.
Bruce has been made to defend them at Aston Villa following their underwhelming screens in last Monday’s 2-0 loss, along with social media was awash with people.
There were moans early against a City. When Newcastle won possession Joelinton again fought to maintain play back, 40 yards conducted then lost the ball and on one occasion Almiron fought to find a shot off in the area once the ball got swept up between his toes.
However, Bruce said before the fixture that he enjoyed what he wished to persevere with the trio and saw from them – and they showed him he was right to do so.
Joelinton got the best of Saint-Maximin and marker John Stones drew City defenders allowing full-back Jetro Willems to take advantage on the overlap, while Almiron got some sort of reward due to his workrate.
It’s only 1 goal and 2 assists between front trio, but worth remembering that Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon only scored three between them by this stage last year before improving those statistics in the next half of the year.
From the press conference, Bruce was asked by a journalist how his side could make a listless screen like the one against Villa.
He said:”That’s 1 thing we have to deal with. We go down and up readily, especially. We have to improve.
“Consistency is what we’re trying to find. We must keep working at it and keep plodding away”
The elements necessary to have a successful year, once that consistency is found have been shown by his side. The club just have to convince the fans to return and that this is a beginning of new, joyous era.
After witnessing the attraction against City long-time supporter Robert Michael Chaytor out of Stanley, disappointed when he spoke to Sport following the 1-0 loss to Arsenal three weeks past, had a positive outlook.
He said:”Newcastle won’t go down this season. Surely not.
“I have still not seen enough I like though. But Bruce deserves his opportunity, even though he was a Mackem.”