Steve Bruce reacts to 'bizarre' defeat for Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has reacted to a “bizarre” defeat for his Newcastle United side.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 8:20 pm
Steve Bruce.
Steve Bruce.

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Matty Longstaff – who scored the winner in the October meeting between the two sides at St James’s Park – opened the scoring, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team hit back and took advantage of a series of individual errors from visiting players.

“We managed to keep it respectable, and with that, I thought they showed a bit of resilience in the last half hour,” said head coach Bruce told BBC Radio Newcastle. “But, that 15 minutes before half time was bizarre. I know it’s Christmas, but we’ve gifted Man United the victory.”

Newcastle take on Everton at a sold-out St James’s Park on Saturday. Bruce said: “We’ll have to get ready and prepared for Saturday, which is a big game again.”