Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has claimed the Magpies didn’t “lose on the night” after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Burnley.
The veteran boss isn’t exactly known for being a fan favourite within the ranks of most Newcastle supporters, largely due to his style of football and the lack of success the club has had since he first arrived on Tyneside.
Is Steve Bruce on borrowed time?
Last night one of their only hopes of silverware this season vanished when they were beaten on penalties by fellow Premier League side Burnley at St. James’ Park. Very few were expecting them to go all the way and contend for the trophy at Wembley but even so, this would’ve served as a disappointing way to exit the competition by anyone’s standards.
During his post-match media obligations, though, Bruce did have some positives to take away from the shootout loss to the Clarets.
“We haven’t done a lot wrong even though we haven’t won yet. Okay, we’ve gone out of the cup, but we didn’t lose tonight.
Steve Bruce: “We haven’t lost on the night.”— NUFC360 (@NUFC360) August 25, 2021
The man sinks to new lows every week #nufc
Steve Bruce- “I don't think we have done much wrong despite not winning. We haven't lost on the night. We have to keep believing we can turn things around.”— True Faith: Newcastle United Fanzine and Podcast (@tfNUFC) August 25, 2021
The man is certifiable. Get him out of that football club now #NUFC
“We’ve seen a few positives. I enjoyed watching us play, I thought we were a threat all night, I thought we played some good stuff at times, but we didn’t get the rub of the green that you need.
“We just have to keep believing that it will turn round.
“We’ve only been going two weeks, so we’ll look forward to the weekend.”
It’s clear for all to see that the SJP faithful aren’t buying any of these excuses and as the walls begin to close in, Bruce will be praying for a positive result against Southampton on Saturday.
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