Following Newcastle United’s 4-0 loss away to Arsenal on Sunday, many supporters were bewildered in response to manager Steve Bruce’s verdict that the first half was ‘as good as we’ve played in a long time’ – with a lot of fans taking to Twitter and voicing their outrage.
Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette outlined a torrid afternoon from Bruce’s perspective despite going into the break 0-0. Sean Longstaff’s deflected effort, along with Allan Saint-Maximin’s strike off the woodwork, were the only moments of threat too few and far between for Newcastle – having failed to notch a goal back before Ozil and Lacazette’s late strikes sealed a deserved win for the home side.
However, despite an afternoon to forget, manager Bruce was quick to outline a perceived positive that their first half was as good as they’ve played in a ‘long time‘ (The Athletic journalist Chris Waugh via Twitter).
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As a result, many Magpies supporters voiced their concerns with the response on social media – find all of their best comments down below.
Been whipped by fellow relegation battlers Arsenal is a shameful point in our history.
— Ralph (@Milburn_Mag) February 16, 2020
haha we’ve been sloppy at the back all season, Bruce talks so much rubbish it just isn’t funny #nufc
— Stephen (@BLOOD202) February 16, 2020
“not given much away”
2nd worst GD, 5th most goals conceded 🤦🏻♂️
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) February 16, 2020
Absolutely none of today was a shock. I’m embarrassed by every word Bruce utters. Unfortunately he isn’t.
— Mark (@Mark74NUFC) February 16, 2020
Next season is the year we get relegated and we will end up like teams like Blackburn, Hull, QPR and Middlesbrough give me a reason why we won’t end up like those teams if relegation happens again if anyone disagrees
— Liam ⚫️⚪️ (@LiamNUFC1998) February 16, 2020
Not giving much away? 5-0, 4-0, 4-1, 0-3. Aye okay, Steve.
— J (@jed8713) February 16, 2020
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