Slaven Bilic delivers verdict on Newcastle United
Slaven Bilic gave his verdict on Newcastle United after Dwight Gayle came off the bench to claim three points for the club.
Miguel Almiron netted with just 20 seconds on the clock, but Newcastle – whose preparations had been disrupted by a Covid-19 outbreak at the club which saw the training ground closed and one game postponed – tired, and that strike was cancelled out by a goal from Darnell Furlong in the second half.
Gayle scored the winner against his old club – the striker spent the season before last on loan at West Brom – in the 82nd minute.
Callum Wilson and Joelinton were up front for Newcastle, and visiting manager Bilic praised the “physicality and quality” of Bruce's attacking players after the game.
"It was a game of little margins in the end," Bilic told the BBC. "They scored incredibly early from a situation, from which we had to do better, and after that their physicality and quality up front was better than ours.
"But in the second half it was more a change of bravery and mentality, and we were good – we scored the goal but we didn't create enough clearcut chances, and again we conceded a goal that we have to stop."
Bilic is under pressure at second-bottom West Brom.
Asked about his future, Bilic said: “It’s not a question for me, as I’m doing my job – and I don’t get those signals or that information.”