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Steve Bruce smokes after losing his Newcastle match to Watford after two penalties from Troy Deeney

‘All this nonsense we have with VAR, I thought it should be clear and straight’: Steve Bruce smokes after his Newcastle match against Watford after two penalties from Troy Deeney

  • Dwight Gayle scored in the 23rd minute to give Newcastle a lead in the first half
  • However, Watford scored two penalties in the second half via Troy Deeney
  • Steve Bruce questioned VAR after he was not satisfied with both decisions

Steve Bruce wrote the VAR system off as “bullshit” for complaining about the two penalties denying Newcastle points at Watford.

“Unfortunately we don’t get the right decisions,” Bruce said. “This is about the fourth time in a few days. I’m not someone to make excuses, but to lose games like we did there, with big decisions, it’s hard to accept.

“I don’t know why we don’t ask the referee to look at the monitor. Why does he have to go to the VAR in the studio where someone else is just going to support him? What’s the point of sending it to VAR if they never topple anything again?

Steve Bruce was furious after Watford came in from behind to beat Newcastle with two penalties

Steve Bruce was furious after Watford came in from behind to beat Newcastle with two penalties

Troy Deeney scored twice from the spot to give his side a huge boost in their fight for survival

Troy Deeney scored twice from the spot to give his side a huge boost in their fight for survival

Troy Deeney scored twice from the spot to give his side a huge boost in their fight for survival

“Have the referee come over to the monitor. Is there enough contact there? Is that really the case? Or is he looking to fall? I mean, there is contact everywhere.

“All that nonsense we have with VAR. I thought it should be clear and straightforward. ‘

Newcastle were 1-0 at half-time through Dwight Gayle before Troy Deeney scored twice from the spot to give Watford three much-needed points.

Bruce labeled VAR “nonsense” and said the system is not making the right decisions

“They’re going to have a huge lifeline,” said Bruce. “I thought the only way they could beat us was set pieces. They are a huge, powerful team, but we dealt with that. And he gives them two sentences. It was exactly what Watford needed.

“Whether we were naive or very soft, I’m going to let someone else make that judgment.

“I mean there’s contact all over the field, all over the 18-meter box. Whether we were naive and that was exactly what Watford needed. We need to improve some of our defenses, but they looked remarkably soft. ‘

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