Steve Bruce sinks to a new low with post-match comments he made after his side’s defeat to Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Clarets keeper Wayne Hennessey had a debut to remember as Sean Dyche’s side beat Newcastle United 4-3 on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup Third Round.
The Welshman made top saves from Jeff Hendrick, Dwight Gayle and Javier Manquillo in normal time as Burnley failed to have an effort of note in a goalless 90 minutes.
Hennessey saved Allan Saint-Maximin’s opening penalty in the shootout before then also saving spot kicks from Miguel Almiron as Charlie Taylor went on to score the winner.
The result puts more misery on the Magpies, who lost their opening two Premier League matches.
Both sides made a considerable amount of changes – with only goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and skipper Jamaal Lascelles retained from the Newcastle side that lost at Aston Villa on Saturday, while Burnley made six changes including a second debut for newly signed winger Aaron Lennon, named in the starting lineup 15 minutes after signing was officially revealed.
Newcastle’s Jeff Hendrick started brightly against his old club, producing the first effort as his shot from 25 yards skimmed the post on the 10th minute mark before having a shot blocked 20 minutes later in a first half with no efforts on target.
The game then improved, if it wasn’t for Hennessey, Burnley would have been well beaten, making an excellent save from Hendrick four minutes into the second half.
Dwight Gayle also struck the woodwork from a narrow angle six minutes later before he saw Hennessey make a good save from a close-range effort.
Joelinton provided Manquillo with a chance that Hennessey managed to palm just wide as Burnley failed to trouble Woodman.
The Clarets then brought on Ashley Barnes while the hosts responded with Saint-Maximin, Joe Willock and Almiron coming into the fray as both sides tried hard to get a winner.
After saving Saint-Maximin’s opening shot of the shootout, Hennessey and opposite number Woodman were beaten by the next six spot kicks.
Woodman then saved Josh Brownhill’s penalty to keep the shootout at 3-3, however Hennessey reached to his right to save Almiron’s weak effort with the next kick before Taylor confirmed Burnley’s progression and a home tie with League Two side Rochdale in the Third Round draw, which you can see HERE.
As mentioned, some fans have said that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce sinks to a new low with some of the post-match comments he made after defeat to Burnley.
“I don’t think we’ve done much wrong, despite not winning.
“We haven’t lost on the night.
“We have to keep believing we can turn things around.
“We all know penalties are a lottery and they can go either way.
“What pleased me more was the performance of the team, I thought we were excellent throughout.
“If you want to be critical we’ve missed big, big chances, and at this level against a Premier League team you’ve got to take them.
“But overall, the way the team played defensively I thought we were excellent, I can’t remember Burnley having a shot or my goalkeeper having a save to make.
“But we’re not having any luck at the minute, we’ve got to keep bashing away and I’m sure it’ll change.”
📺 Steve Bruce spoke to NUFC TV following tonight’s Carabao Cup exit at St. James’ Park.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 25, 2021
Burnley manager Sean Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire: “It was a tight game and Wayne’s made two big saves during the game.
“We’re patching the side together once again, so we hope that recovers quickly, when you think we played Erik Pieters in three positions in one game it’s not the perfect scenario.
“But the battling qualities, the mentality was good, we kept foraging, kept trying to break them down whilst trying to defend properly, and overall we came away with a sneaky one on penalties, but we’ll take it.”
At this point it wouldn’t surprise me if he thinks we’ve just picked up our first point of the PL season… pic.twitter.com/r3C1F85SgQ
— NUFCblog.co.uk (@NUFCblogcouk) August 25, 2021
@Jonnybailey_91: He must be running out of pages in his excuses book by now
@nicola_cookson: Never! The encyclopaedia of Bruce’s Excuses is infinite
@EnnYooEffSee: Does this mean England didn’t lose the euros? 😮
@AngelNUFC: Can’t wait to see who we draw in the next round 🤞
@pas5898: Bruce had a team of: Grealish, Tammy, Mcginn, hourihane, Bolasie, El Ghazi, Chester Tuanzebe 14th in the championship, played off the park most weeks. As a Villa fan, we feel for you. Get rid of him quick, It only takes a Cabbage. #BruceOut #AVFC
@CaptainScott87; Villa fan in peace… my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
@lloyd138: Someone needs to explain that we did actually lose
@KevinMo61038863: I checked on my phone and it says we lost on pens Steve. Do I need a new phone?
@SibbaldSteven: Not only did we get beat off one of the worst premiership teams ever, but we had to go all the way to penalties for the pleasure. Perfect excuse for Brucie for the impending terrible result on Saturday… we had a lot of tired legs from the match mid week. 🤣🤣. Totally useless!
@Guesty22: He’s such an infuriating bloke. He is totally delusional. Concerning comments.
@glewcock86: 2 weeks into the new season and any hope or shred of excitement I had for #NUFC has gone!! If only Bruce would fuck off that quickly #BruceOut
@Sportaz68: I’ll look forward to the draw for the next round then. What a cock.
@Loveaflutter1: So we lost to Aston Villa because it rained, and we didn’t lose last night despite being knocked out of the cup. Welcome to the world of Steve fuckin Bruce
@JonnyPickard24: No words 🙈
@AndreaGeordieH: So… errr we won then? We in to next round? This guy is totally incompetent
@Marksealy2: Get this 🤡 out our football club.
@J_92__: He’s taking the piss now isn’t he
@Evanfbird: Steve, I’ll put it in simple terms. Burnley are going through, Newcastle United are not. We lost.
@JamieParker5: 3 games into the season and already fed up 😂 How’s man playing back 5 against Burnley
@GaryBolton91: I thank the skies each and every day that this isn’t us anymore 😂 What a ridiculous quote
@CaptainScott87: To everyone who told me “you only want him gone because he’s ex-Blues…” No. We wanted him gone because he’s fucking delusional.
@jlow88: Please please please can a football journalist open the next presser with “Congrats on being unbeaten in the Carabao Cup Steve.” #NUFC
@Yorkshire_Mag: JESUS CHRIST
@elliott_16: we can never expect to win anything as long as we’ve got a complete loser for a manager.
@PHarnett24: Hahaha, ah wey that’s us in the next round then. Fuck. Me. Gently.
@AdzStephenson: Oh sorry Steve thought we did? Couldn’t see us in the draw just now ? TWAT