It was another tough afternoon for Brucey’s Remit Mags on a bitingly cold day in the north east as high-flying Leicester City took all three points home.

As expected, Leicester dominated the game, and even though Newcastle’s defence was showing the shape and solidity in the first half that kept Liverpool at bay days before, Vardy’s cool but disallowed finish was perhaps a warning sign that wasn’t heeded.

Referee Robert Jones was doing his level-best to try and break up the play, but even a helping hand couldn’t prevent the record books reading only one home win for Bruce in the last two months.

It was a pretty abject showing from both sides, however the difference in clinical finishing from the Midlands outfit was enough to consign Bruce to more post-match stock answers that, let’s face it, don’t really mean anything.

An unmarked James Maddison, who always seems to enjoy himself on Tyneside, smashed in the opener past an unsighted Darlow after busy work from Jamie Vardy down the left-hand side. Criminal ball-watching though from our midfield to allow such a lethal finisher to stand in acres.

Youri Tielemans’ strike from outside the box after an attack from the right all but finished the game off, with 20 minutes still left on the clock.

Newcastle did have a couple of chances, but ultimately didn’t create nearly enough to warrant a very real threat to the visitors’ goal. And this has been a huge problem since Bruce took over. The fact Callum Wilson’s goal per chance rate is so high absolutely masks a more fundamental problem that offensively, this team is as good as it is defensively. For those needing a hint, this means we’re shit at both ends of the pitch.

In fact, barring the very good crosses from Yedlin and Shelvey that weren’t close to being pounced upon, we only actually created three official chances in the entire game; two from Matt Ritchie and one from Fede Fernandez.

As far as attacking third passes go, Miggy was the busiest on the pitch for us in this category, but alarmingly Ciaran Clark was second.

If we’re relying far too heavily on creativity from a couple of our centre backs, then klaxons should be wailing in Steve Bruce’s head to try and address that. Should be.

Andy Carroll managed an impressive consolation, his first for the club in over a decade, but I felt this added undeserved shine to the final score.

Bruce will tell you that goal meant we were in the game right until the end, but in truth, it shows his shut-up-shop tactics he also deployed against Liverpool fall to pieces the second we concede.

Another boring rinse and repeat defeat for Newcastle United.

Adam Widdrington (@AddingRandomWit)