If there was a game that could sum Newcastle United’s season up, look no further than last night and a quite frankly, bonkers game of football.
Newcastle were well and truly second best for 93 minutes, Everton were dominant and thoroughly deserved their 2-0 lead. With seven, yes, SEVEN defenders on the pitch Newcastle finally woke up. Florian Lejeune turned into Alan Shearer for two minutes, scoring twice in that time to haul the Magpies level in dramatic style.
Newcastle are not pretty to watch, they will be the first to admit that but they are a united group of players. The desire and the will to not give up is incredible. Some might call it luck, however, there is a point at which it goes beyond just pure luck. Newcastle have scored their fair share of late goals this season, it’s not luck it’s determination and fight.
While a lot of people will point out the worst in Newcastle’s game, there’s plenty to love about this set of players.
Bruce’s side find themselves on 30 points and in a great position to finish in the top half of the table. Supporters can moan and groan about the style of play or about the manager himself, however, the players are showing they will give everything for Bruce. Whatever you say about this team and this manager, they’re getting results.
Bruce has taken a lot of criticism since arriving at the club, instead of being weighed down by it all, he’s kept his head down and has the club in a great position. He will always have his critics, Bruce knows that but as he fist bumped the away end at Goodison Park, they returned with a wave and sign of appreciation. Maybe, just maybe supporters are warming to him.
There is no doubt that Newcastle need to strengthen in the final few weeks of the transfer window, a striker and a left back are vitally important. The arrival of Nabil Bentaleb from Schalke will give the team some much needed creativity in the middle of midfield. A decent transfer window will allow the club to kick on from here and end the season looking up rather than down.
With all the negativity surrounding the club after Rafael Benitez’s departure, Bruce deserves a hell of a lot of credit for steadying what looked like a rapidly sinking ship.