Newcastle turned up at Stamford Bridge with the plan to sit and frustrate a previously free-scoring Chelsea side.
In 90 minutes of football that was all Newcastle could muster against a Chelsea side who have looked dodgy defensively.
I don’t disagree with Bruce’s initial tactics, but in the second half, the momentum was with Chelsea, and he should have acted sooner and made some alterations that may have swung the game back in Newcastle’s favour.
Before the international break, I was happy to praise Bruce for his tactics in the win over Manchester United – he got everything right.
On Saturday, the Magpies were solid but offered no attacking threat, and that invited Chelsea onto them.
It was a narrow defeat but if Bruce was braver Newcastle may well have come away with something.