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Newcastle United: Steve Bruce criticised by Magpies supporters over apparent last ditch defending tactic

Newcastle United: Steve Bruce criticised by Magpies supporters over apparent last ditch defending tactic

According to a graph from The Times via Reddit group Fantasy Premier League, Newcastle United appear to perform the vast majority of their defensive heroics inside the penalty area, with these statistics showing just how deep Steve Bruce’s side defend. 

Along with top-flight rivals Aston Villa, the Magpies’ penalty area is shaded in dark red – indicating that is where the most defending takes place out of all areas on the pitch. Despite conceding the second fewest goals (36) of any other side in the bottom half after Crystal Palace (32), goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could be deemed largely responsible for that feat, with the Slovakian having to make 103 saves in total so far this season (Premier League).

In response to the ‘fascinating‘ statistic, some Newcastle fans have taken aim at manager Bruce for his style of play, suggesting that he is largely responsible for this alarming evidence.

Find all of their best comments from Twitter down below.

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