Steve Bruce is disappointed as they missed their chance to battle for silverware.
has expressed his disappointment as they missed the opportunity to battle for silverware in their 1-0 defeat againstBrentford
in theCarabao Cup
However, they played impressively againstLiverpool
as they drew 0-0 with thePremier League
leaders and they even had some chances during the game to win.
“We were all disappointed with what happened a couple of weeks ago in a big cup-tie,” Bruce said.
“We blew an unbelievably good opportunity, which has disappointed everybody, me included, so the one thing you have to do is respond, and there were signs against Manchester City.
“We’ve played arguably two of the best teams in Europe back-to-back in a matter of two or three days, so the way they’ve responded, I couldn’t have been any more pleased.”
Newcastle United are now 14th in the Premier League table and are eight points above the relegation zone.
“If you’re in the bottom half of the Premier League, then you’re going to have ups and downs,” Bruce added.
“I said when I walked through the door, our aim is can we try to nudge towards getting in the top half of the league? We were three places off last season; as we sit at the moment, we’re two or three places off it, so we’ve got to keep striving towards that.”
Because of the outbreak of COVID-19, skipper Jamaal Lascelles and star man Allan Saint-Maximin have been unavailable to Bruce and others have been battling through fatigue. Therefore, their draw against Liverpool was a gift for Bruce as he celebrated his 60th birthday on New Year’s Eve.
“Since I left Newcastle in 1976, I’ve been involved in football for 45 years or whatever it is, so to be 60 and still in and around it, getting a draw against Liverpool, it can’t be bad,” he said.