A number of Newcastle United fans have been venting their frustrations over comments from Steve Bruce about the Magpies’ lack of consistency being his biggest concern.

The Magpies have made a solid start to the Premier League season, collecting 11 points from their first eight matches. However, the 2-0 defeat at Southampton just before the international break has highlighted many of the deficiencies in Newcastle’s squad, not least the lack of attacking depth following the hamstring injury to Callum Wilson.

Things had been looking on the up for Bruce after Newcastle managed to produce perhaps their best performance of the campaign so far in their 2-1 win against Everton at St James’ Park. However, the defeat at Southampton compounded some of their flaws, with the Magpies having now recorded the joint-fewest attempts on goal of any team in the league this season (premierleague.com).

That negative approach has been labelled as ‘anti-football’ by Chris Sutton and leaves many supporters frustrated with the tactics. However, speaking to Chronicle Live, Bruce outlined that his ultimate frustration has been with his side’s lack of consistency since his arrival at the club:

“It’s the biggest frustration that I have.

“Since I have been here in the last 18 months we didn’t look anywhere near that (vs Everton).

“It’s right, it is the inconsistency is the big thing that upsets me the most because we didn’t look anywhere near where we were the game before.”

Newcastle fans bemoan Bruce’s comments

Many Newcastle fans were keen to point out that the lack of consistency is down to his “garbage” tactics and management of the Magpies, while one supporter questioned his logic for choosing the game against Everton as the blueprint for performances after finding the approach too negative in that fixture despite the 2-1 win.

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