Tonight’s match at Sheffield United will see two teams that have found some form over the past seven games. Both clubs have accrued 11 points over the last seven fixtures though it’s been in a much different fashion.
While Sheffield United are unbeaten with two wins and five draws, Newcastle have three wins, two draws, and two losses.
However, while that run is a good one for the Magpies, one of those defeats was wholly unacceptable. Last Monday at Aston Villa, the lads were just not good enough.
It came after the two-week international break, and Newcastle got back on the right track this past Saturday. However, it’s still a concern that it can happen again.
Steve Bruce is all too aware that Newcastle have to improve on their last away match. The Chronicle have published some of his comments in which he references showing the right mentality at Bramall Lane tonight:
“If we go there complacent, we’ve had it. We have to match them as they’re right up and at you.
“The crowd are right behind them and they’re still delighted they’re in the Premier League.
“They enjoy what they are seeing. It’s a proper game.
“If we are nowhere near our best we’ll come unstuck, it’s as simple as that.”
It was complacency that killed our momentum early last week at Villa Park. We were just far too passive and gave Aston Villa too much respect. That all changed this past weekend against Manchester City.
However, Sheffield United are a different animal to Man City. They’ll be up for this one big time and will hope to get their first win in over a month.