Steve Bruce insists Newcastle don’t think they are still safe from relegation after their 2-0 loss to Arsenal.
Newcastle are nine points above the relegation zone with just four games to go. They’ve looked over their shoulders for much of the season, but it looks like they pulled out at the right time. But loss to the Gunners brought some of these issues back to the center of attention.
Bruce’s side has been brought back to earth after a recent revival. They had taken points over European challengers Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle in their last four games, the other being a win over Burnley.
After tasting defeat again, Bruce admitted his team weren’t positive enough.
He said BBC Sport: “We are disappointed because we haven’t approached the performances lately.
“Arsenal played well. It’s a bad goal after four minutes. When you chase these guys, it’s always going to be difficult. Arsenal were the better team today, it was that simple.
“We are delighted to see that we are a greater threat. Allan Saint-Maximin has produced all kinds of magic in recent weeks but it wasn’t quite there today.
“We never thought [we’re safe]. We have four games left and we still have a lot to play.
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“We didn’t play well enough today against a good Arsenal side. We need to regroup, go back and get ready for next week.
“It was just this service to [the attackers]. I think Allan probably played too deep. He was a little frustrated and got too deep.
Bruce disagrees with the red card
A bad afternoon turned even worse for Newcastle when Fabian Schar was sent off late. He had only been a substitute for about 20 minutes.
The defender crossed Gabriel Martinelli’s back with his crampons visible. But Bruce didn’t think that warranted a red card.
He said: “The current situation and the rules are… There is no more tackling. I don’t think it deserves a red. It may be a yellow.
“Is it dangerous? Not really. We play at Arsenal, so you have to get in there. When it stops, it becomes very difficult.
“I have sympathy for Fabian Schar. He’s trying to win the tackle. Maybe a yellow card, but definitely not a red one. “
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