New season, same old Newcastle United.
A fortnight of positivity ends with one of the worst performances in recent memory – and, as they say, old habits die hard.
United were torn apart by Brighton on Sunday, barely laying a glove on their more well organised, well equipped and seemingly well coached opponents.
Was that performance the epitome of the Steve Bruce era, or a flash in the pan. We’ve taken a look at the statistics from Bruce’s time on Tyneside – and some make for difficult reading...
1. LOSSES (17)
In the 40 Premier League games Steve Bruce has taken charge of, Newcastle United have lost 17 - that's 42.5% loss rate in the top flight. Photo: LEE SMITH
2. WINS (12)
Steve Bruce has a 30% win ratio at Newcastle United in the Premier League. Across 2019/20 and 2020/21 so far, Bruce's Magpies have recorded 12 wins, 11 last season and one this. Photo: Michael Regan
3. CONCEDED THREE GOALS OR MORE (10)
Once every four games, on average, Newcastle United concede three or more goals in the Premier League. By anyone's standards that's just not good enough. Photo: ALEX PANTLING
4. FAILED TO SCORE (12)
Steve Bruce's side have failed to score 12 times in their 40 Premier League games of his tenure. So in 30% of the top flight games Bruce has sent a team out, they've returned to the dressing room with absolutely nothing to show for it. Photo: OLI SCARFF