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Steve Bruce admits heavy criticism is hurting Newcastle players

Steve Bruce admits heavy criticism is hurting his Newcastle players but urges them to create siege mentality and ‘shut a few people up’ as he targets a top 10 finish

  • Steve Bruce admitted criticism of Newcastle’s season is hurting his players 
  • Fans were frustrated by the Carabao Cup exit to Brentford last week
  • Bruce wants his players to use the criticism to create a siege mentality 
  • The Magpies take on Liverpool at St James’ Park on Wednesday 

Steve Bruce admitted heavy criticism of Newcastle United’s season is hurting his players but wants to use that to create a siege mentality.

Newcastle go into Wednesday’s clash with Liverpool seven points clear of the relegation zone, although unrest among supporters gathers pace.

That frustration heightened when Championship side Brentford knocked the Magpies out of the Carabao Cup last week. Bruce, whose squad has contended with significant after-effects of their recent coronavirus outbreak, believes they can prove a point.

Steve Bruce admitted heavy criticism of Newcastle United’s season is hurting his players

Fans were frustrated by the club’s Carabao Cup exit to Championship side Brentford

‘The criticism hurts them but I hope I can create a mentality to make sure we roll our sleeves up and shut a few people up,’ he said.

‘The only way to do that is through results and we will keep working as hard as we can. We’d all like to be shooting for the top ten, but firstly, obviously, we have to remain a Premier League outfit.

‘The remit hasn’t changed. The remit has been like that since I walked through the door but my attitude towards it is, we have to try and aim towards the top ten.’

Bruce insisted that he wants his players to use the criticism to create a siege mentality 

Fans fear a lack of direction and have criticised recent performances, with Newcastle surrendering at Manchester City on Saturday. Bruce, however, is adamant that they are performing as expected.

‘I’m putting the simple facts out there,’ he added. ‘I can understand the frustration but we are where we are.

‘We’d all love to have what Everton have been able to do over the last two or three years [in terms of spending] and certainly, since I left Aston Villa, the spending power that has propelled them up the league.

‘Of course, we’d like to be able to do that, but unfortunately we are where we are. Unfortunately, this is where we are at this particular moment.’




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