Steve Bruce reacts to Newcastle United's West Brom draw – and the Premier League relegation battle
Steve Bruce doesn’t think this afternoon’s Premier League clash at the Hawthorns is a ‘must-win’ but try telling that to Newcastle United fans.
Win or draw and the Magpies will again prevent Fulham from climbing out the Premier League bottom three, but defeat opens the door for Scott Parker’s men, who take on Liverpool this afternoon.
Can United do their own business in the relegation scrap, or will they again be looking elsewhere for favours? Follow every kick, as it happens, here…
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Last updated: Sunday, 07 March, 2021, 14:19
- FT | West Bromwich Albion 0 Newcastle United 0
- NUFC XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Willock, Hendrick (Gayle 57), Fraser (Carroll 90), Joelinton.
- United are without key trio Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron
- Our writer Miles Starforth is at the Hawthorns this afternoon, with Liam Kennedy on blog duty
Miles Starforth’s 90-minute verdict
The worrying thing was that Newcastle just never looked like scoring against one of the poorest teams in the Premier League. This had the look of a Championship fixture, and unless the team quickly improves, it will be a Championship fixture next season. Somehow, Newcastle must find a way to win without Wilson, Saint-Maximin and Almiron.