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Steve Bruce talks after beating Spurs – Wants a line in the sand and a little respect…

4 months ago
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Steve Bruce was obviously the happiest he has been since joining Newcastle United seven weeks ago.

The Head Coach hoping that the previous week’s shambles is safely put to bed.

Newcastle were brilliant at the back against a lacklustre spurs, who despite their 80% possession looked clueless as to how to break down a disciplined NUFC backline.

No surprise that Steve Bruce took the opportunity to bite back at some of the criticism that has come his way: ‘I mean, to say that I cannot even do a warm up is mad. I have managed 900-odd games over the years and you would think there would be some sort of respect…’

The Head Coach also predictably referencing his predecessor: ‘But I go back to the fact that whoever took over from Rafa Benitez was going to get the abuse. I hope that this is a line in the sand.’

Only results will change the perception of Steve Bruce as yet another Ashley patsy who is doomed to failure because of the set-up at the club, with a lack of the skills needed to stand any chance of overcoming those handicaps.

Steve Bruce says ‘I hope that gives us a little bit of time’ and a win over Watford next Saturday would do that as well as lifting Newcastle out of the relegation zone.

However, a defeat in that game would arguably see Steve Bruce back to square one, as Newcastle would stay in the relegation zone and be rock bottom if losing to Watford by three goals as they did two years ago, with then Liverpool away to follow.

Next Saturday will give us a better idea as to how the season might turn out, as we will see whether Newcastle can attack and create chances and score goals, as well as at the same time keeping it tight, against a team we should be expected to compete against.

As for Leicester in midweek, all eyes on the team selection and Steve Bruce’s commitment to play his strongest team in the cup competitions.

Steve Bruce:

“We needed a bit of courage and thankfully the players had that from the first whistle.

“We have tried to quieten the storm and hopefully that will shut a few people up a little bit.

“After two games it has been hard to get that criticism and we have had to ride it.

“I hope that gives us a little bit of time.

“It is only the first win but we have seen some big performances today.

“The only thing you can do is show that it means something to play for the club.

“All week we have been working on that.

“A lot of the players have only been here a matter of weeks and it takes time to get used to the Premier League. 

“I’m delighted that Joelinton got the goal today.

“We played him a lot better today and it worked, he will be delighted to get the goal.

“I am delighted for my staff and the players.

“We have responded in the right way from last week’s game, we can talk tactics but they have to go out and perform.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points.

“We have had a tough week and so we have had to respond in the right way and thankfully the players have.

“I think everyone is shattered, not just for the game, we had the cricket (England beating Australia) on in the run up to the game!

“That is the only way we can respond to criticism is like that.

“We came to this fantastic stadium, this fantastic club and we performed.

“I mean, to say that I cannot even do a warm up is mad.

“I have managed 900-odd games over the years and you would think there would be some sort of respect…

“But I go back to the fact that whoever took over from Rafa Benitez was going to get the abuse.

“I hope that this is a line in the sand.

“You cannot take anything for granted in the Premier League and we have another big week, we have the (League) Cup game and then we have Watford.

“We just have to keep working and keep moving forwards, that is all we can do.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 25 August 4.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Joelinton 27

Possession was Tottenham 80% Newcastle 20%

Total shots were Tottenham 16 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Tottenham 2 Newcastle 3

Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Tottenham:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles (Fernandez 82), Dummett,  Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 17), Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 88)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Manquillo, Willems, Shelvey

Crowd: 59,245  (3,000 NUFC)

(Mauricio Pochettino not happy with the game – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Read match ratings for all NUFC players HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win – Read HERE)

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