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Steve Bruce blasts Newcastle’s ‘absolutely sh ** e’ performance at Sheffield United


Newcastle have gotten into the habit of giving some of the worst sides in Premier League history a comfortable three points.

The Magpies were the only top-flight team derby County beat in 2007/08 as the Rams collected pathetic 11 points in their 38 league outings. So when Newcastle traveled to Sheffield United to face a winless side in their first 17 league games, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they completely outclassed themselves.

Newcastle were horrible at Sheffield United on Tuesday
Newcastle were horrible at Sheffield United on Tuesday | Stu Forster / Getty Images

There may have been just one goal that separated the two teams in the Blades’ 1-0 win at
Bramall Lane, but in truth it could have been about five.

Chris Wilder’s men dismissed a host of chances in the first half and ultimately relied on a Billy Sharp penalty to beat Newcastle to ten – after Ryan Fraser received two yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes – but it did not stop. Steve Bruce from tearing his side.

“We were absolutely desperate the other night,” he said, quoted by the Daily Mail. “Absolutely shit we were. I have to accept it. I left them [the players] be comfortable but the gloves are now off. I’ll do it my way. I said from day one the way I wanted to play and I didn’t do it enough. “

Although he criticized his team’s shocking performance at Bramall Lane, Bruce has borne some of the blame for the performance by admitting he picked the wrong team, and he says he understands the fans’ concerns afterwards. the defeat.

Stephen Clémence, Steve Bruce and Steve Agnew
Bruce was furious at the final whistle at Bramall Lane | Stu Forster / Getty Images

“If I were a supporter I would also be worried after watching the first half at Sheffield United, we were absolutely desperate,” he added. Sadly, during my 18 months here we have thrown this hand grenade too often for my liking. Everything explodes after that.

“Looking back, I picked the wrong team. I have to accept that the performance was far from sufficient and take my responsibilities. ”

Bruce has been no stranger to critics since taking the reins at St. James’ Park in 2019, although pressure from fans has intensified this season – despite the club sitting seven points above the zone. of relegation.

The Newcastle boss admitted he was well aware his appointment was not particularly popular within the Toon military, although he is convinced he is the man to take the club forward.

“In the eyes of some people, I was never the right choice. I can understand that, ”he said.

“But if you look at my track record over the years, to be a team that’s in the lower half of the league, then I have enough on my CV to make sure I can try to slowly move the club forward. I am here for and this is what I will continuously try to accomplish. “

Although he admits he understands the fans’ frustration, Bruce has refused to accept that his team’s style of play is different from that of the Newcastle sides who came before him in the club’s recent past, and he says he doesn’t take fan abuse. to heart.

“When I took the job from day one, [criticism] was personal, ”he added.” People think I shouldn’t be at work to begin with. I don’t have to lower myself too much, I know how quickly it changes.

“We had a difficult race. We are not alone. If you are in the bottom half, you will have spells where you don’t win every week. We are not easy to watch. I understand But have Newcastle United been a good watch for years?

“They’ve been in the bottom half of the Premier League, that’s the reality. I’m not saying it’s acceptable. ”