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Steve Bruce pre-Sheffield United press conference feedback – Confirms changes are on the way

3 days ago
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Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Sheffield United press conference.

The NUFC head coach meeting journalists early Wednesday afternoon before training.

The fifteenth Premier League game of the season and Newcastle looking to build on the bonus point earned against Manchester City.

With Thursday setting in motion eight games in a thirty days stretch, Steve Bruce confirms that there will be rotation of the squad.

However, with less than 65 hours between the Sheffield United match ending and Southampton kicking off on Sunday, it remains to be seen if the rotating starts tomorrow, especially with Sunday looking more winnable.

An interesting Thursday night awaits.

Steve Bruce talking on Wednesday afternoon and asked about rotation?:

“Certainly over the next few weeks we’ll have to [change things].

“When you look towards Boxing Day then the 28th – it’s a ridiculous schedule.

“We’ll have to adapt and have a bit of freshness when needed which is always the difficult part.”

Newcastle players reacting to Villa match:

“They’ve got their own pride.

“Whether they’re playing for me, they’re playing for the jersey.

“We know we’ve got a couple of games back-to-back very quickly so can we go and get a couple of results?

“If we can it will be a decent first half to the season.

“It’s vitally important when you don’t play as well as you’d like to that you can get that response.

“We’re doing OK at the minute but the league is so tight. The difference between fifth bottom and fifth top is tiny.”

On Sheffield United:

“The energy and the drive the team have, which obviously comes from the top, is no surprise.

“It’s no surprise that they’re making a fist of it in the Premier League.

“They’re a very, very decent side with good players.”

Situation with Florian Lejeune:

“I had a chat a week ago with him.

“The longer he trains, the better mentally and physically he becomes.

“To have the injury like he had then come back for six weeks and have it again – he’s had a tough time.

“When the time is right let’s hope we can introduce him.”

On Yedlin and Carroll injuries:

“They’re training today and they trained yesterday so if they don’t have any reaction they could be involved tomorrow.”

On Chris Wilder:

“I’m delighted when someone like him is doing so well.

“He’s earned his spurs in the lower divisions and finally got his chance.

“He’s had to take his home-town team from League One into the Premier League but he’s taken that swagger into the Premier League.”

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