Bruce addresses discontent after admitting fault in Newcastle’s tactics


Newcastle boss Steve Bruce addressed the ‘grunts’ that have started to grow over his style of play and identified a foul in his team’s display which contributed to their 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

Magpies succumbed to their second consecutive defeat in the league without scoring at the kick-off on Saturday noon.

Chelsea rarely had to go out of second gear to get all three points, although Bruce’s men carved out a handful of opportunities that ultimately didn’t lead to a breakthrough.

Bruce has been criticized for the tactics he deploys, with deep footing and lack of high pressure appearing to give the initiative to their opponents.

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Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Bruce spoke about the performance and addressed the growing dissatisfaction.

“I just thought our best fate of the game was when we conceded the second,” said Bruce.

“They had possession and had a great chance after that. We had a couple of opportunities but didn’t take them.

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“Maybe in the first half we were sometimes a little too deep.

“It’s a very, very good team and like I said when you go up high they can really hurt you.

“There will always be grunts. We were missing some important players. But Chelsea are a very good team.

“In the second half, there were one or two details. We had three good chances, and against the big teams you have to take them.

Lampard finds little worries in victory

Frank Lampard

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard was in no mood to celebrate despite Chelsea rising to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Newcastle.

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Chelsea dominated throughout and should have won more. A combination of Karl Darlow’s brilliance and Chelsea’s waste kept the score at two.

And after the game, Lampard saw a lot of room for improvement on his side.

“We can’t do everything our own way, but we put the game aside with a professional performance,” he said. BT Sport.

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