Steve Bruce fumed over Andy Madley’s VAR-inspired penalty award as Sheffield United left their eight side without a win but vowed to continue as Newcastle manager.
Newcastle have earned the ignominious role of becoming the first team to be beaten by Sheffield United in the Premier League since July 11 on Tuesday night as pressure mounted on Bruce, whose own winless run dates back to December 12 and saw his team s ‘to crush. national cup competitions at this time.
The Blades’ 1-0 victory came thanks to a penalty from Billy Sharp, awarded after referee Madley was invited to visit the VAR exam monitor after playing following what he would later judge the handball of Federico Fernandez in the visitors area.
Sharp would later be lucky to avoid punishment thanks to the video assistant himself, when he was penalized with a single yellow card for an ankle challenge from Fabian Schar in the dying minutes.
“I have to say the penalty decision is wrong,” said Bruce Sky Sports. “I now ask the referee why when he doesn’t give it to start, he says Fedi intentionally manipulated him, I don’t see how he can say that – when you run your arms will move, and that m Seemed a mistake. Billy Sharp put his hand on his shirt.
“I thought the referee was right when he didn’t give it, if it’s intentional handball and the VAR is supposed to be clear and obvious.
“The big one clear and obvious, I don’t want to see people kicked out but Billy Sharp’s challenge on Fabian Schar was a shame.
“He’s lucky he didn’t do any serious damage to her. These clear and obvious issues are meant to be why VAR is here. We’ve talked about it too much, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten anything from the game without it. that. to be decided on something like that is poor. “
Bruce promises to continue at St James’ Park
Newcastle remain 15th after their last game without a win, though their eight-point gap to 18th-ranked Fulham could be significantly narrowed thanks to the Cottagers’ two games in hand, but with increasing pressure on the Magpies fan, Bruce came out in fighting in his post-match press conference.
“I will never quit a challenge,” he told reporters. “I’ve been there long enough to have that respect, but I mostly understand watching the first half – we weren’t good enough and I take responsibility for that because I picked the team.
“We tried something different because over the last few weeks we’ve been struggling to move forward, so my thoughts were to bring Ryan, someone fresh, and Sean back up the field. where he could be a goal threat. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
“I think we had, other than last month which we knew would be difficult with the series of meetings we had, we gave ourselves a good start to the season.”
Wilder: it’s coming
“It has been a long time coming for a lot of people at the club, way too long. Fans and players, I am delighted for these two groups of people,” said Wilder.
“Obviously being down to 10 men made it a bit easier and the penalty did it too, but I’d be disappointed if that took away a decent performance from us.
“I’ve always said it, everyone who’s played against us, the top teams and everyone else, maybe scratching their heads at the position we’re in, we’ve been competitive in 90% of the games. But that’s what it’s true, the results haven’t been good enough.
“I felt it was going to happen, the first half we prepared the game to give ourselves a foot and a platform to win the game. I was delighted with the way we played, we looked to have an identity, we seem to have slipped a bit with that before.
“That was us – hand braking, going in and out of possession, and I was delighted with the performance and it’s a big result given the time that has passed since the last time we had one.
“The season is not over in January. We have a big task, a huge challenge ahead of us, but if we keep playing like this then we can earn points and make it interesting.”