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Newcastle coach asks their supporters to be more realistic

Sun 27 December 2020 | 11:25

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce feels the new disapprovals about his side by the supporters is not productive at all – for a team whose main point is to make due in England's top league

Newcastle

have experienced harsh criticism after some terrible outcomes in the past two weeks, especially after the baffling Carabao Cup quarter-final misfortune to Sky Bet Championship club Brentford last Tuesday. 

The Magpies have now gone four games without success in all competitions after they were additionally thrashed 2-0 at Manchester City in the

Premier League

on Boxing Day. 

Steve Bruce

demands the fans to be more sensible about their situation

 “We had a bad week and some of the mass hysteria was, in my opinion, unjust and unfair. A lot of it was not right. I’m probably going to say that but it’s my opinion." said the 59-year-old manager.

“All the fans are like we are, we have to accept where we are. It is as pretty straightforward as that.

“My remit is to make sure we stay and remain a Premier League outfit. That is what I will try to achieve. That is where we have been for the last three or four years.

“Of course, for Newcastle, in a lot of people’s eyes, that isn’t going to be enough but that is where we are at the moment. We have to accept it and keep, as I have said many times, trying to move it forward.”

In spite of the final scoreline, Bruce felt Newcastle merited respect for their display on a wet and blustery pitch at the Etihad Stadium. 

Coronavirus has had a terrible spread in the Newcastle team and they were without key duo Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles because of the infection. Also, Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Fraser were sidelined due to injury and Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez were returning after ailment and weariness. 

City ruled with their position play, Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring for them in the 14th-minute and Ferran Torres found the net for the hosts' second in the minute 55.

Bruce said:

“There are plenty of positives to take out in terms of the attitude and application of the teams, which has been questioned over the last couple of weeks.

“When I see people like Fab Schar who has trained twice in five weeks because of the problems we have had, with Feddy alongside him, and they show the resilience they showed – we were beaten by a better team but the effort and the endeavour, work rate and attitude of the players was there for everybody to see.

“Yes, we weren’t good enough and we can improve. We gave away a poor goal at the wrong time but we made a fist of it and gave as good as we’ve got.

“That’s all you can ask when you come to a big team like Man City. You have to try to have a game plan and stay in the game, and see if we could cause them a few problems. For large parts it worked.”

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