Under-pressure Newcastle boss Steve Bruce accepts responsibility for Brighton defeat but is ‘confident’ they can pull clear of the drop zone despite slipping to within two points of 18th place
- Steve Bruce admitted his Newcastle side were deservedly beaten by Brighton
- The 3-0 defeat leaves the Magpies just two points above Fulham in 18th place
- The Newcastle boss insisted he is still confident the club will beat relegation
- And Bruce said he will refuse to give up as discontent amongst fans continues
Steve Bruce admitted Newcastle got what they deserved as his side fell to a damaging 3-0 defeat to Brighton.
Leandro Trossard gave the hosts the lead just before half time, and Danny Welbeck and Neal Maupay piled on the misery after the break as Brighton pulled four points clear of Newcastle in the table.
The defeat leaves Newcastle in 17th, just two points ahead of Fulham, and the Magpies’ boss accepted that he had little to complain about after the match.
Steve Bruce admitted Newcastle were well beaten as Brighton cruised to a comfortable win
Leandro Trossard (L) and Danny Welbeck (C) both scored on a terrible night for Newcastle
‘We were simply beaten by a far better team on the night,’ Bruce told Sky Sports. ‘It was a very difficult evening for us.
‘We have to accept it and take the responsibility for it, because it was, at times, a little bit too easy for Brighton, but they were better in every department.
‘We’re aware that we’re without big players but we can’t make that an excuse for tonight. We were nowhere near the levels that are required, we didn’t get there at all.
‘Given the magnitude of the game, that’s what disappoints me. We probably needed to get to half-time, especially with Isaac [Hayden] going off. We didn’t quite manage to do that and change things after that.
‘In our best part of the game, the first five minutes of the second half, we’ve conceded another goal and a third one very, very quickly. I’ve been in [football] a long, long time.
Bruce believed that his side had to make it to half time still level after Isaac Hayden’s injury
Newcastle have won just two of their last 17 matches in the Premier League in a shocking run
‘It’s very, very difficult and we all know what’s ahead of us, so I hope that I can rely on my experience. I’m still confident that we can get out of the situation we’re in. I’ll never give up that fight, that’s for sure. We’ll have to get ready for the challenge that lies ahead.’
What lies ahead is on paper a daunting task. Newcastle face six teams in the top half of the table in their next seven matches, starting at home to Tottenham after the international break.
Bruce’s side have won just two of their last 17 Premier League matches, a run that has dragged them right back into a relegation battle.
With Brighton now pulling away from those below them, there is the potential that Newcastle’s trip to Craven Cottage on the last day of the season could turn out to be a relegation decider.
The Magpies’ boss insisted he is still confident he can lead his side to Premier League safety