Since Newcastle’s dreadful display at Leicester City, Steve Bruce has been able to right the ship somewhat with ten points in five matches. It has seen Newcastle steadily rise up the league table where they currently sit in 13th place.
We saw a dramatic uptick in Newcastle’s form in the win at West Ham when the boys were able to score 3 goals despite scoring just 6 in the entire season beforehand. It’s even let a sliver of optimism for this season creep into the minds of some supporters.
These past two wins seem to be a culmination of the slow climb out of the depths of the Leicester City defeat. If Steve Bruce can keep Newcastle in the right direction, the Leicester City match could be the crossroads where Newcastle changed their fortunes.
Steve Bruce– doing his best Steve McClaren impression
In his bi-weekly column for Tribal Football, former-Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark points to the Leicester City match as the watershed moment for Newcastle’s turn around.
The Blyth Spartans boss writes that he thinks Bruce will have taken account of everything after that match and held inquests with his staff and players. After that match, we have seen a more resilient Newcastle.
Clark uses the Bournemouth match as an example. In the first 20 minutes, Newcastle did not play well and conceded an early goal on the Bournemouth corner.
However, they did not drop their heads and continued to claw their way back into the game. It resulted in a massive win at St James Park just before the international break.
It was a stark contrast to going down in the first half against Leicester City. Clark believes that Newcastle’s determination under adversity against Bournemouth shows that the Leicester City display is well and truly behind the Magpies.