Bruce: Newcastle miss ‘big opportunity’ against Brentford

Steve Bruce was left “bitterly disappointed” after his Newcastle side missed out on their first cup semi-final in 15 years after losing to Brentford.

The Magpies were disappointing on the night, as Brentford played well and were the deserving winners in the end.

Each team exchanged decent chances but the Bees got the decisive goal. Sergi Canos delivered a pinpoint ball into the area which was finished expertly on the volley by Josh Dasilva.


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This is the first time that Brentford have ever reached the semi final of a cup competition. Prior to this win, they had also beat Southampton, West Brom and Fulham en route to the semi-finals.

The last time Newcastle reached a domestic semi-final was in the FA Cup in 2004/05. That year they missed out on the final after losing 4-1 to Manchester United at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Speaking with Sky Sports post-match, as cited by BBC Sport, Bruce admitted he that was “frustrated” that his side could not reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals:

“We always knew was going be difficult but we expected to perform better than we did.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t done enough. We have to accept what is coming our way and get ready for what is a huge challenge ahead of us in the Premier League.

“But I can’t hide my disappointment because we’ve had a great opportunity to get into a first semi-final in many years. I’m bitterly disappointed and very, very frustrated at this minute.

“You genuinely believe you can score. We had one or two incidences that I didn’t quite fall for us. Jacob Murphy had a really good chance. But in the end, you need to have a little bit of a break in the box and it didn’t go our way.

“I standby what I said when I walked in the door. I picked the team I thought was going be good enough to win the match. Unfortunately, Brentford played very, very well on the night.

“It’s good to get to a quarter-final. But obviously not great when you’ve got a great opportunity to go further, so there’s a lot of disappointed people today because we’ve missed a big opportunity.”

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