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It’s ugly but Steve Bruce’s revival at Newcastle continues

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It’s not pretty football but Steve Bruce’s revival at Newcastle United continues as they beat Sheffield United 0-2 away.

Steve Bruce made three wins in the last five games for his Newcastle.

Their win today lifts them to 11th in the Premier League table.

You always expect the home side to dominate possession, but the statistics paint a clear picture of the kind of football that Newcastle is playing.

According to some Sheffield fans, the game was played in the Newcastle penalty area.

It was a game that saw Newcastle keeper Martin Durravka named man of the match after a string of fine saves kept his side a vital clean sheet.

In the 15th minute Allan Saint-Maximin scored the opening goal of the game and of his Newcastle account.

He got on the end of Javier Manquillo’s cross to head home and give the Geordies the lead.

Sheffield kept pouring forward in an attempt to break down a resolute Newcastle defense and a Durravka in phenomenal form.

It simply wasn’t to be.

Things only got worse when in the 70th minute, with Newcastle on the attack, Andy Carroll and Jonjo Shelvey combined to make it 0-2.

Carroll who was flagged off-side continued to play and flicked the ball on to Shelvey ho ran on to the ball and shot past Dean Henderson.

The old cliche that you paly to the whistle springs to mind.

As the Sheffield players including keeper Henderson seemed to play to the flag rather than the referee’s whistle who allowed play to go on and then allowed VAR to do its job.

Rightly so the goal stood and Sheffield’s hearts were broken.

Full time: Sheffield United 0 – 2 Newcastle United