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Steve Bruce Bournemouth press conference – Declares fans can now see the direction trying to go in

1 week ago
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Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Bournemouth press conference.

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

The twelfth Premier League game of the season and Newcastle looking for what would be consecutive wins for the first time under Steve Bruce.

Steve Bruce will be missing Matt Ritchie who has had a setback, as well as Schar and Lejeune who still aren’t ready to return.

The NUFC Head Coach admitting that Newcastle have an unbalanced squad which includes six Premier League level centre-backs, so in Lscelles, Fernandez, Clark and Dummett he still has plenty of options there.

Ahead of Saturday Steve Bruce declaring: ‘Supporters can see the direction we’re trying to go in and will have been pleasantly pleased with what they saw last weekend in particular.’

Well I don’t know if we can quite go that far, in terms of being convinced as to what and how Steve Bruce is trying to achieve but it would be a massive step forward if the players can show those first 50 minutes at West Ham weren’t a one-off against a very poor team on the day. Creating plenty chances and scoring goals against a Bournemouth team who haven’t conceded in their last three matches, would be a massive boost in confidence going into this latest international break.

Here’s hoping there is some positive change at West Ham because Steve Bruce appears to be already preparing future excuses…

Steve Bruce talking on Friday morning:

“Supporters can see the direction we’re trying to go in and will have been pleasantly pleased with what they saw last weekend in particular.

“The last few weeks have proved that they [the players] have knuckled down and done very, very well.

“It’s important that we continue it.

“We have only shown signs but certainly the first hour of last week was terrific to watch.

“We know that they [attacking trio of Joelinton, ASM and Almiron] have still got to score but it was good for Joelinton to make one [against West Ham].

“I know they’re a threat.

“They’re young, they’re getting used to playing in England and in the Premier League, whoever you are, sometimes that takes time.

“We are fortunate that in one area in particular [centre-back] we have got six that are very capable of playing in the Premier League.

“In that respect we are a little bit unbalanced but it is a nice problem to have.

“We were all pleased with the result [at West Ham].

“Everybody wants to applaud the away fans because there was that many on an awful day to try and get to London.

“We can’t take them for granted.

“It was a good day but it’s gone and now we look forward to tomorrow.”

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