North East UK news Bruce gets the old band back together and major sign that Magpies will survive PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Newcastle United looked doomed only a fortnight ago but there are genuine signs of recovery now at St James' Park

North East UK news Bruce gets the old band back together and major sign that Magpies will survive PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Newcastle United looked doomed only a fortnight ago but there are genuine signs of recovery now at St James' Park

North East UK news  Bruce gets the old band back together and major sign that Magpies will survive PremierLeague-News.Com
05 April 2021 - 15:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce and his players will spend the week sitting above the relegation zone in the Premier League. Although, the threat of being pulled beneath the dreaded relegation line in the top-flight will be back upon them on Friday night as Fulham entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage. However, with a three-point cushion and a game in hand at the moment the tension has been eased slightly after the 2-2 draw with Spurs turned into a good point. Here are this week's observations for the regular Chronicle notes feature. Steve Bruce gets the old band back together at St James' Park The Toon boss inherited the bulk of a squad that won promotion together back in 2017 and the Geordie head coach has not been afraid of leaning on their experience throughout his two years on Tyneside. He raised the subject of United's dressing room nucleus a few times in his post-game Press conference and five of his starters were regulars in the team when Newcastle won the Sky Bet Championship. Indeed, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett all played their part in the 2-2 draw against Spurs. Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie prepare to warm up before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley FC at St. James Park on February 29, 2020 Ritchie had not featured since February and a well-documented training ground row, for which the winger apologised for, and his return made a big difference as he had a hand in both goals. Bruce said after it: "You can be criticised for tactically not being right or this, that and the other, but the one thing you can't - with this group of players, anyway, who have been here a few years – is the spirit amongst them. "A lot of them were playing today who have been here four and five years, and there's a certain spirit amongst them which they need to have because they've got to be at full tilt to get something out of the Premier League week in and week out. "I've got no problems with the spirit amongst them. They're a really really good group who want the club to succeed." As the Toon players left the field every single one of them shook hands with Bruce and got a pat on the back from their head coach. Coupled with the roar from the bench of unused and subbed players when Joe Willock's equaliser went in, it provided some evidence for observers that Newcastle can get out of trouble, hopefully before the last day clash at Fulham. Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce with goalscorer Matt Ritchie during the Premier League match at St James' Park (Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/NMC Pool) Newcastle boss tries to put the lid on Ritchie row for the last time Ritchie's return prompted plenty of interest as he had not figured since the training ground spat two months ago. The former Scotland international had previously not featured in interviews after the incident at Benton, but spoke after the game on his return to first-team action.

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. It's nothing. It happens, it happens up and down the land. "In management, I never hold a grudge. "As soon as I have a row or a disagreement, whatever you want to call it, it's forgotten the next day as far as I'm concerned and we move forward, simple as, and Matty is the same. "He's had to wait for his opportunity, but the change of shape suited him and he's put in a really good performance, which I'm pleased about." Joelinton of Newcastle United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park Magpies show some attacking intent after awful display against Brighton Only Ryan Fraser's shot that bounced off the post at the Amex Stadium troubled the Seagulls last time out. But Newcastle managed to get their game together from an offensive point of view against Spurs, scoring two goals in a game for the first time in two months and having 17 shots inside the box - their most since the 2-0 win over Huddersfield in 2019 (23). Yet the most important sight for Steve Bruce will surely have been Joelinton getting a goal and starting to get into goalscoring positions before and after his fourth strike of the season. Perhaps expecting a glut of goals from the striker is too much given his experience at Newcastle so far, but if he can add one or two more to his tally before the end of the campaign, he has something to build on next season. Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United is tackled by Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur Jacob Murphy should be handed a new deal The winger was impressive on his return to the starting line-up and let nobody down. There's no doubt he had a tough start to life at United and having been loaned out twice to West Brom and Sheff Wed, he could be forgiven if he thought his United career was over. But this season he has made some decent contributions with a goal and two assists in 18 matches. Of course, consistency is the name of the game, but Murphy is maturing and at 26 he has the experience behind him needed to succeed. He made his way into the penalty area seven times against Spurs and while he lacked sharpness he always looked a threat. Fans will love seeing him get forward down the wing at St James' Park and when you consider how much a replacement would cost, he's worth a new contract this summer.

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