Steve Bruce gives his view on Jeff Hendrick's dismissal in Newcastle United's win over Southampton

Steve Bruce has given his view on Jeff Hendrick’s dismissal.

Sunday, 7th February 2021, 8:38 am

The Newcastle United midfielder was sent off in yesterday’s hard-fought 3-2 win over Southampton at St James’s Park – and he will miss the club’s next game through suspension.

Bruce’s side were reduced to 10 men after Hendrick was shown a second yellow card for a tug on the shirt of goalscorer Takumi Minamino. Newcastle ended the game with nine men after Fabian Schar was forced off with a knee injury after Bruce had made a third change.

"Jeff will know better,” said head coach Bruce. "I haven't seen it back. He'll know that he's committed a silly foul, and probably knows it straight away. It caused us a difficult afternoon. Certainly, he'll be disappointed."

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Bruce – who has sidelined Sean and Matty Longstaff in recent weeks – has kept faith with Hendrick despite a series of underwhelming performances. The 29-year-old joined as a free agent last summer.

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