Steve Bruce explains tactical change at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce says his tactical change against Leeds United has given him “food for thought”.

Saturday, 18th September 2021, 5:19 pm
Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United’s head coach switched to a back four after his winless team went behind to a Raphinha strike at St James's Park last night. Allan Saint-Maximin levelled before the break, and the game ended 1-1.

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Bruce’s preference has always been for a back four, but he switched to a 5-3-2 system in March as the club teetered above the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Asked to explain the change against Leeds, Newcastle’s head coach said: “In last year’s awful run, we changed to a back four, and had a response. Then we changed back after Brighton, and changed to a different formation, and went 5-3-2. After Brighton we stayed with 5-3-2 with results.

"It’s given me food for thought again. I’ve always thought it was important that we have the ability to change. We’ve certainly got that in our locker.”