Steve Bruce has declared that he is “convinced we will be safe” this season – despite the defeat at Man Utd being our 12th in the last 16 games.
The NUFC boss insists there are “a lot of positives” to take from the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford, believing we “gave as good as we got” or the opening hour.
That said, he accepts that “pleasing signs” have to be turned into points at this stage of the season – especially when we’re now just THREE points above a third-bottom Fulham side who have much better goal difference at present.
Here’s what he had to say after the game:
“We’re disappointed, but I can take a lot of positives from it, especially the first hour.
“I think Allan had a big chance when it was 1-1.’
‘It’s the second goal isn’t it? A wicked deflection, and a bit of luck and the third one, it’s a very soft penalty.
“For 60 minutes, we gave as good as we got.’
“I was pleased for an hour but when you’re coming here you’ve got to be good for 90 minutes.
“There were some pleasing signs but you’ve got to turn them into a few results.
“I think we’re a threat. We’ve tried to get higher up the pitch and be on the front foot and enjoy what we’re doing.
“It takes some getting used to because we’ve played a certain way for a long time now. I think they’re enjoying it.
“I’m convinced we will be safe, there are six or seven teams looking over their shoulders.
“We have to get to that magical mark – whatever it is.”
“It’s been a difficult week but we have games coming up where we think we can take points .
Bruce then discussed what he believed was the ‘big turning point’, bemoaning the injury to Joelinton and hoping it’s not too serious, also suggesting that he’ll address the goalkeeper situation after Darlow was beaten too easily on more than one occasion at Old Trafford:
‘The big turning point for me was the loss of big Joe.
“We were already without our main centre-forward, so we hope he’s not too serious.’
“We’ll have a look at the goalkeeper, he will be disappointed to be beaten at the near post for the first goal.”
If positives equalled points we’d have a few reasons to believe we’ll be fine, but that’s not how it works.