This was 'significant' for Steve Bruce at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce says Newcastle United’s first appearance in the FA Cup’s fifth round for 14 years is a big step forward for the club.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:45 am

Bruce’s side progressed from the fourth round last night thanks to a 3-2 extra-time win over Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

Allan Saint-Maximin scored a 116th-minute winner in front of owner Mike Ashley and 1,800 travelling fans.

“It’s significant for the club,” said head coach Bruce, who had been under pressure following successive goalless draws at St James’s Park. “A club like ours needs to be getting into the fifth round.

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Steve Bruce at the Kassam Stadium.

“I know what it does for the city and the supporters, who have come a million miles to get here. A couple of thousand were here, which is remarkable. We’re in the next round. We made hard work of it, against Rochdale and against Oxford, but I think we thoroughly deserved to win.”