Watford came from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Vicarage Road this afternoon. Dwight Gayle gave Bruce’s side a first-half lead, but Troy Deeney scored two second-half penalties to claim all three points for the home side.
Injury-hit Bruce had opted for the “physicality” of defender Schar over midfelder Longstaff’s athleticism.
Asked if there was any reason why he didn’t start Longstaff, United’s head coach said: “No, I just thought we needed his physicality. His physicality was important to us. I think he did really well to be honest. It’s something we’ve done in training and worked on.”
Contract talks with Longstaff – who hasn’t started a Premier League game since January – are deadlocked. However, Bruce has previously insisted that the 20-year-old’s contractual situation won’t influence his selection.