Newcastle manager Steve Bruce praises the unique quality of star Allan Saint-Maximin after his match-winning contribution from the bench against Burnley
- Allan Saint-Maximin came off the bench in the 57th minute and had an immediate impact
- He assisted Josh Murphy in the 59th before scoring the winner in the 64th
- And Magpies boss Bruce said that “probably only Allan could do that” after the game
Steve Bruce believes that only Allan Saint-Maximin could have made the impact that saw Newcastle come from behind to win at Burnley.
The winger has missed 13 of his side’s 31 Premier League games this season due to Covid-19 and, more recently, a groin complaint.
But he came off the bench at Turf Moor and had tied an equalizer for Jacob Murphy in six minutes, scoring what turned out to be the match-winner, easing his squad’s fear of relegation after seven minutes without a win.
Newcastle forward Allan Saint-Maximin made a match-winning contribution from the bench
The Frenchman assisted Josh Murphy before scoring the winner in a 2-1 win against Burnley
“Probably only Allan can do that,” Bruce said. ‘When you see him like this, you can see what we’ve been missing in recent weeks and months. We missed that bit of quality and excitement.
All week long we wondered if they (Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson) were ready. They have had major injuries. Keeping them good is so important because we are a different animal when those two are on the team.
‘Unfortunately they have not been in the team often enough. When you’re a club in the bottom half of the division, you need your big players. It’s not rocket science – you can see the difference he makes for the team.
“It’s been a fight without Saint-Maximin, because he can make things happen.”
Saint-Maximin, meanwhile, said he would have preferred to start the race after training for the third consecutive week.
And Magpies boss Steve Bruce (left) praised Saint-Maximin for his unique attacking abilities
“I feel really great,” he said. ‘I was frustrated to be sitting on the couch and we lost 1-0. I told the coach to give me 30 minutes to show me what I can do. I had to be ready.
Everyone knows how important these games are. I give this victory to the supporters. I am happy to score to help my teammates. When you are losing, it is important to come back stronger. ‘
Burnley boss Sean Dyche confirmed that England goalkeeper Nick Pope – absent due to a shoulder injury – should be back for next weekend’s trip to Manchester United.
He was disappointed with the result, given the superiority on his part prior to the introduction of Saint-Maximin.
“We dominated a lot of them and their keeper made some good saves before half time,” he said. “That’s football, you have to turn those key moments in your favor, and we needed that second goal.”