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MetiNews.Com - We're all missing fans inside St James' Park, but Steve Bruce should be thankful for the empty terraces after the 4-1 defeat to Manchester United
Breaking News ! This was the day when Newcastle United finally lost their lucky tag with a brutal demolition. Steve Bruce had shown his irritation at suggestions that the Magpies enjoyed a regular slice of good fortune during their early season run of results against mainly average opposition. Yet for 20 minutes it looked as though Lady Luck was at their side yet again. The Mags nicked a shock lead in only the second minute when Luke Shaw diverted an Emil Krafth cross into his own net and a stunning shot by Bruno Fernandes was ruled out by VAR for the tightest of offside decisions against Juan Mata. Then reality set in big time. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Harry Maguire, sent off with England in midweek and enduring a personal hell, smashed a headed equaliser from a corner in the 23rd minute. Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey cleared efforts off the line and Karl Darlow save a penalty amid driving Man U possession to keep alive hope that the Lady would return with a kiss of life. However not on your life. Not a chance. Three super goals in the last few minutes from Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Marcus Rashford destroyed Bruce's flimsy dreams against his old club. Unlucky to suffer a late goals rush? Naw, the inevitable was always on its way. Man U rained 28 shots upon the home goal, the most this season in the Premier League beating . . . Tottenham's total against us. That game could easily have ended in exactly the same 4-1 scoreline - or even worse - but luck was smiling upon us.
. Bear in mind that Darlow was consistently excellent against both Spurs and Man U and the pattern becomes obvious. When the opposition is decent the going is tough. Mighty tough. United had earlier been whupped 3-0 at home by Brighton and this was the start of a run against the Formidable Five. Following Man U come Wolves (a), Everton (h), Southampton (a), and Chelsea (h). How many points dare Geordies hope for here? That's why the seven points harvested against moderate opposition was not only welcome but necessary. A gentle run in the PL inevitably means a formidable one follows .
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Man U arrived after a humiliating home defeat, hugely suspect in defence, and with a manager supposedly one bad result from the sack yet Newcastle weren't brave enough to attack them even with the boost of an early fortunate goal. They allowed talented players to regain their confidence, to walk with a swagger once more, and in the end put them to the sword time and again. From new signing Jeff Hendrick through Emil Krafth to record signing Joelinton there were an abundance of poor performances. If there had been a slight stirring in Big Joe when played at No 10 an unfathomable switch to wide right rendered him a passenger yet again. It all left angry Geordies questioning tactics, ambition, the risk of leaving injured stars Isaac Hayden and Darlow on the pitch to suffer further damage, and the too-late introduction of speed merchants Ryan Fraser and Miggy Almiron.
Bruce has often talked about wanting fans back in the ground but I would suggest he was lucky here that all were banished otherwise his ears would have been stinging with the sound of thunderous booing upon the final whistle. I asked on the eve of the game who was the Damned United. Now we know. If we didn't already!
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