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Steve Bruce gives very interesting pre-Tottenham press conference – Crisis what crisis?

1 month ago
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Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Tottenham press conference.

The NUFC head coach meeting journalists early Friday morning before training.

A key game on Sunday, any points a big bonus but essential to put in a performance that helps set up the team and gives them confidence ahead of what looks a significant early game against Watford in eight days time.

That home match followed by a two week international break before the small matter of Liverpool away.

Crisis what crisis?

“After two games there’s a so-called mini crisis.

“Everything gets over-sensationalised.

“There’s always a storm in Newcastle and at the minute we’re in one.

“The only way that I can shut a few people up is by getting results and the buck stops with me.

“It is not for me to judge (whether people are overreacting after only two games), it is for other people to be fair and responsible.’

Tactics:

“It is too early (to radically change tactics and/or formations), we did very very well against Arsenal.

Injuries:

“We hope that Allan Saint-Maximin is going to be OK.

“It’s still too early for Andy Carroll or Dwight Gayle, but Christian Atsu has been on the pitch this week. It was good to see him and see what he’ll offer us.

“Joelinton is fine.”

Joelinton and Miguel Almiron partnership:

“It’s new for Joe – it’s new for four or five players.

“Given time, we hope they can forge some sort of relationship.

“For Almiron, we’re working on getting him higher up the pitch and into a goalscoring position.”

Tottenham:

“They are a very, very good side.

“We’re under no illusions as to how difficult it will be, but hopefully it’s just the right type of game for us.

“We know we’ll have to play well to get anything at all – far better than we did last week.”

Sean Longstaff:

“I detected he was a bit ginger with his knee, which was understandable. I had a conversation with him to say it’s normal to miss a game or two to make sure he’s ready.

“When he came on (at Norwich), he had an immediate influence and we were much better.”

Norwich match:

We didn’t play well enough – quite simply. And I think the players fully understand that.

“It’s a bit early for soul searching – we have to perform better than we did last week, and I’m sure we will.”

Michael Chopra saying Newcastle players had told him they don’t know their jobs under Steve Bruce:

“I am just surprised that anybody takes any attention of him (Michael Chopra).

“Some of it is just fabricated and lies.

“You think why is this making national headlines, total rubbish.”

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