Steve Bruce has admitted to feeling “very disappointed” by Newcastle United fans after a large section of St James’ Park called for him to be sacked during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton.
Chants of “we want Brucie out” echoed around St James’ Park midway through the first half, with us camped in our own half against a Southampton side who could’ve easily been 2-0 up at the break.
The NUFC boss then got a huge boo when touching the ball just outside of the dugout, with the Strawberry corner also singing “you don’t know what you’re doing” at one stage.
Speaking to the Shields Gazette after the game, Bruce accepts the first half performance “wasn’t good enough”, but clearly isn’t happy with what he heard from the home support inside the stadium.
Here’s what he’s had to say in response:
“They’re entitled to their opinion.
“I find the whole thing very disappointing, as anybody would.
“I suppose our first-half performance wasn’t good enough. I’ll accept that.
“Second half, we were a bit more like ourselves, played with a bit more intensity and intent.
“The most important thing was we passed the ball to each other better, and maybe did enough to win the match.
“It was a disappointing afternoon all around.”
As he’s now beginning to realise, Steve Bruce was in fact the luckiest man on Tyneside when fans weren’t allowed inside St James’ Park last season.
He may feel like we’ve been robbed of two points today, yet our performance in the main was barely deserving of one.