Steve Bruce CONVINCED Newcastle can avoid the drop if they play the same way they play against Spurs

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Steve Bruce says he is confident Newcastle can avoid the drop in relegation dogfight after a 2-2 draw with Tottenham, revealing a massive boost as star striker Callum Wilson returns to practice on Monday.

  • Joe Willock scored a late tying run when Newcastle saved a run on Sunday
  • Newcastle now plays seven games without a win in the Premier League
  • However, Steve Bruce was happy with his team’s performance against Tottenham
  • He is sure they can stay up if they keep playing the same way

Steve Bruce is convinced that Newcastle can prevent them from falling to the championship if they continue to play the same way they did in their 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

The Magpies took some of the loot after Joe Willock, who was loaned out by Arsenal, scored an equalizing goal in the 85th minute in what could turn out to be a pivotal point at the end of the season.

It was one of Newcastle’s better offensive performances of the season, although the result meant they haven’t won any of their last seven Premier League games.

Steve Bruce saw his Newcastle side save a late draw in what could turn out to be a crucial point

Steve Bruce saw his Newcastle side save a late draw in what could turn out to be a crucial point

Bruce is convinced they can avoid the drop if they can keep playing in the same style

Bruce is convinced they can avoid the drop if they can keep playing in the same style

Bruce is convinced they can avoid the drop if they can keep playing in the same style

However, under-fire manager Bruce is confident they can stay in the Premier League if they continue to play in the same style.

He told Sky Sports after the game: ‘I just told them that when they set standards as they have today, it is important that they stay there.

‘Tomorrow we will be back to work for next week, we have a few crucial weeks and let’s get ready for the challenge.

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

A positive point for the final weeks of the season is that Callum Wilson should be back in action after missing the past two months due to a hamstring injury.

Wilson last played in Newcastle’s last league win on February 6 when they defeated Southampton 3-2.

There was some hope during the international break that he would return against Tottenham, which did not materialize, but Bruce says Wilson is about to return to training.

A positive point for the run-in is that Callum Wilson will return to training for Newcastle

A positive point for the run-in is that Callum Wilson will return to training for Newcastle

A positive point for the run-in is that Callum Wilson will return to training for Newcastle

He said: ‘He is eight weeks (out) today, so we hope he will participate in training tomorrow. He’s done all things outside in rehabilitation.

Most importantly, can we notify him? That is always difficult after an eight-week absence.

‘We’ve been in silence, cruelly struck by the troubles we’ve had. We have six or seven more missing today – so we hope this improves for us. ‘

Bruce hopes that Wilson, who has scored ten goals in 21 league games, is ready for their next appearance in Burnley.

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