Steve Bruce is optimistic that Allan Saint-Maximin’s injury that forced him off against Manchester City is not serious, believing he’ll be “OK” for Thursday’s clash with Sheffield United.
It appeared that Saint-Maximin injured himself due to a theatrical fall late on, but Bruce told reporters in his post-match press conference that the winger had picked up a knock earlier on in the game:
“He had a sore one just before half-time but I’m sure he’ll be OK.”
The Magpies boss also claimed that the Frenchman’s performance alongside Miguel Almiron was the key to Newcastle’s success against the Champions, and praised the work-rate of his team overall:
“Almiron was outstanding. And Saint-Maximin – the way we play is difficult for them because we’re 50, 60 yards away from goal when they pick it up. But, the team, I believe, is suited to be set up the way we are. There’ll come a day when we’re higher up the pitch.
“When you take on one of the big boys it’s always nice to get something from it. Their attitude and effort and endeavour in terms of their work rate and to keep getting after the ball, it’s manful in terms of how they do it.”
Every Newcastle player certainly put a disciplined and determined effort, with us clearly more motivated against the Champions than we were at Villa Park earlier this week.
The effort and drive that has been there since Rafa Benitez took charge was still evident to see. We’ve not always impressed against the more ‘beatable’ sides under Bruce, but he does manage to get a tune out of them when facing the bigger sides.
A special mention to Federico Fernandez – our unsung hero at the back was excellent yet again and saved Newcastle on a couple of occasions!