Steve Bruce praises the impact of Covid-19-return Allan Saint-Maximin after two months … and expects the Frenchman to hit top form with Newcastle on a one-league goal run in eight games as they get closer to relegation zone
- Newcastle are also winless in eight league games when they dropped to 16th
- The Magpies played another listless display when Aston Villa won 2-0 at Villa Park
- Steve Bruce hopes Allan can give Saint-Maximin the spark the team needs
- Newcastle fans protested Mike Ashley’s property outside St. James’ Park
- The fans also unfurled anti-Bruce banners while the team was in Birmingham
Steve Bruce hopes Covid, the returning Allan Saint-Maximin, will get Newcastle out of a relegation den, as fans protested outside St. James’ Park after another defeat last night at Aston Villa.
Saint-Maximin, who has suffered more than any other Premier League player from the aftermath of the virus, tasted his first move since November when a late substitute in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat extended their wretched round of scoring to one goal in eight league matches. .
‘We seemed more of a threat with Allan and Ryan (Fraser) on the field. That’s the encouraging thing for me, ” said Bruce, whose side has not won 10 games in all competitions.
Allan Saint-Maximin returned to action after two months due to the effects of Covid-19
Steve Bruce will hope the Frenchman can get back to his best while Newcastle tries to stop the rot
They will definitely make us better in that division and the hardest part of the Premier League is scoring and scoring goals. In the last third.
‘We have had a difficult time, that cannot be disputed, but we are not alone.
It’s how we deal with it and gain that little bit of confidence that comes with winning. We’ve been stuck on 19 points for a while.
When you’re in the bottom half, you’re always looking over your shoulder. In that respect it has not changed. ‘
Newcastle supporters group Wor Flags unfurled anti-Bruce and anti-Mike Ashley banners outside the club’s stadium while the team played in Birmingham.
They fear their club will go under unless Bruce is fired, but with Toon seven points above the drop zone, despite having played one more match, the current manager is confident they will survive.
Ryan Fraser also played well after having had a stop start time at Tyneside so far
‘I know this group of players is capable. We’ve done it before, ”he said
“It’s the first time I’ve seen Ryan and Allan together. If we stay fit and healthy, I am convinced that it will be fine. ‘
He also confirmed that American defender Andre DeYedlin missed the game due to a visa issue.
Aston Villa is five points from a Champions League spot and Ollie Watkins scored for the first time in 10 games.
Ollie Watkins ended a nine-game scoring drought after 13 minutes with an opportunistic header
“I am very happy for him,” said manager Dean Smith. “It always weighs on the forwards,” even if they say otherwise, and it was nice to get an early goal for themselves. ‘
Skipper Jack Grealish was taken on shortly in advance after setting up Bertrand Traore for the second goal.
‘Jack was disappointed to come out, but he had four bookings and got a few kicks so it was the right time,’ Smith added.