Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his training on the training ground with Matt Ritchie has been forgotten

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his bust-up on the training ground with Matt Ritchie has been forgotten after the winger returned to play a part in both goals in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Steve Bruce says his training on the training ground with Matt Ritchie has been forgotten after the winger returned to Newcastle and played a part in both goals in the 2-2 draw with Spurs.

Ritchie hadn’t been seen at all after the showdown in which he called Bruce a coward last month, causing the manager to physically confront him.

But the 31-year-old was instrumental in claiming the point that Bruce’s side takes three out of the relegation zone after starting for the first time since January.

Steve Bruce insisted his training field with Matt Ritchie had been forgotten

Ritchie hadn't played since calling the Newcastle boss a coward last month, but returned to the squad on Sunday

Ritchie hadn't played since calling the Newcastle boss a coward last month, but returned to the squad on Sunday

Ritchie hadn’t played since calling the Newcastle boss a coward last month, but returned to the squad on Sunday

“I had a fight with someone, it’s nothing,” Bruce said. ‘I never hold a grudge. It was forgotten the next day and we move on.

“He had to wait for his chance and he has put in a good performance that I am satisfied with.”

Newcastle are still without a win in seven games, but Bruce believes the improved performance is a sign that the players are fighting to stay in the division.

The winger played a role in both goals against Tottenham as the Magpies deserved a 2-2 draw

The winger played a role in both goals against Tottenham as the Magpies deserved a 2-2 draw

The winger played a role in both goals against Tottenham as the Magpies deserved a 2-2 draw

“There is still a lot of football to play, but if we stay at that level, I am convinced that it will be fine,” he added.

‘I thought our performance was enough to win the game. That’s as good as we’ve been playing for a long time. ‘

Supporters have been calling on Bruce to leave the club for the past few weeks, but he said, “Whatever I’m trying to do right now, unless I get results, I’ll be criticized.

‘The big thing that frustrates us all, a so-called mole in the locker room, certain players unhappy, blah, blah, blah, the spirt is no good, that nonsense.

“There is a spirit among them who need them. They have to be on full blast to get anything. They are a really good group who want the club to succeed. ‘

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