Newcastle looked fit and strong in yesterday’s fabulous 3-0 win at home against the high-flying Sheffield United.
It was our first game back since we beat Southampton 1-0 away in early March, but a casual observer wouldn’t have realized that.
The lads were sharp and we attacked the Blades from the start, and really looked a very decent side.
Credit has to go to the manager, Steve Bruce, who could be out of a job at Newcastle next season.
But he’s showing his professionalism and wants as many points as possible from the remaining games this season.
The players are right behind him, and of course, there were no fans there at St. James’ Park yesterday.
But the players knew the Geordie faithful would be watching, and their concentration levels were very high.
Stave Bruce (shown above trying to throw the ball in yesterday) had this to say in the Chronicle after the game:
“They’ve worked hard.”
“The one thing we do is make sure physically they work hard because they have to play at a certain intensity and have to cover enough mileage.”
“Aand we have drummed that home since we walked through the door here, which we can improve on.” “They’ve bought into it.”
“Some players – Shelvey, for example, he’s one, Isaac Hayden is another, Matt Ritchie – they’re all physically in good condition, so the midfield area, we’re very decent in that area.”
“They look okay, but fair play to the players.”
“They’ve worked extremely hard under difficult conditions and come back and looked okay.”
“It was like being a reserve game, which we’ve all been to when they used to be played in stadiums, but with intensity. “You think, ‘Hang on a minute’, so mentally it’s different and strange, even what we’re doing now.”
“The whole thing is strange, but it’s all of us, so we’re all in unprecedented times.”
“What helps enormously is the preparation we’ve given the players looks good, they looked in really good nick, which we’re pleased about.”
“Of course, you need a result when it’s like this, so that helps everybody.”
Newcastle are now in 13th place in the league table, with 38 points from 30 games: but we cannot get carried away with one good win.
Next up on Wednesday at home are Aston Villa, and at least on paper, that’s an easier game than yesterday’s game.
We need to take all 3 points in that game and we will then have some real momentum,
More good news yesterday was that we picked up no major injuries.