Joe Willock reveals Newcastle boss Steve Bruce’s BASIC advice to ‘run around and try to score’ before equalizing against Tottenham … and admits it’s ‘sweeter’ to score against Spurs as Arsenal- player
- Joe Willock said Steve Bruce told him to ‘try to score’ against Tottenham
- Willock, 21, came off the bench to get a crucial equalizing goal for Newcastle to play 2-2
- The Arsenal tenant added that it was a ‘sweeter’ score against local rivals Spurs
Joe Willock has revealed the pearls of tactical wisdom he received from manager Steve Bruce before coming as a substitute to equalize in Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
The advice: run and score.
The Arsenal lender saved a much-needed point for Newcastle in the 85th minute against Spurs, and his manager’s advice at such a critical stage of the match, both for the Magpies and Bruce’s own management future, was somewhat basic to say the least. .
Joe Willock (left) revealed that Steve Bruce (right) told him to ‘try to score’ against Tottenham
Willock (center) came off the bench and scored an equalizing goal in the 85th minute to make it 2-2
“He (Bruce) told me to come run around and try to score,” Willock said after the game to Sky Sports. “You have what it takes to score in the box”. I’m happy to help the team today. ‘
Considering Willock’s job as an attacking midfielder has included goal-scoring throughout his career, Bruce’s words as Premier League manager might have provided more insight.
But they seemed to get the job done and Willock was very happy with his contribution.
“It’s big, you know. I thought we were playing well, ”he said. And the boys did well. Staying behind was hard. I was happy to come and make an impact. ‘
Borrowed from Arsenal, Willock said it felt ‘sweeter’ to score against the club’s London rivals
Willock came on loan to Newcastle in January but still claims allegiance to his home club in North London and admitted to scoring against Arsenal’s bitterest rivals, making his goal all the better.
“Yes, I am an Arsenal player,” he said. So it makes it (scoring against Tottenham) sweeter. I am happy to come here and do my job and make an impact as the manager told me. ‘
A single point has done little to allay concerns about Newcastle’s relegation, but Willock remains confident they can avoid the fall.
“As a group of players together, we are all here to fight for each other,” he said. “I have a feeling that if we play like we did today, we will have no problems staying in this league.”
Willock said Newcastle will have ‘no problems’ staying on if they play as they did against Spurs