Jan 16 (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce questioned the mentality of his players and said a tactical rethink could also be needed to arrest their slump within the Premier League.
Newcastle are 15th within the table and winless in six matches following a defeat by basement side Sheffield United earlier within the week, with the pressure mounting on Bruce before Monday’s trip to 11th-placed Arsenal.
“We were absolutely frigging hopeless the opposite night,” Bruce told reporters.
“Unfortunately that’s happened a touch too often in my 18 months here. it had been nowhere near ok for the challenge ahead. Maybe it is a mentality thing,” he said.
Bruce said that Newcastle could deploy a back-four from the present system of 5 in defence which his players had to adapt.
“It’s something I’ve toyed with since i have been at the club. We’ve played a particular way within the past to undertake to form sure we get the results we’d like ,” Bruce added.
“I’ve allow them to be comfortable. But… I’m getting to do things the way I see fit.”
“If you are a Premier League manager you cannot accept what happened at Sheffield United… I even have to simply accept what’s coming my way. If i used to be a supporter I’d worry .” (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Arsenal (ARS) – Key Players:
Newcastle United (NEW) – Key Players:
ARS vs NEW – Recent Form:
Arsenal: D W W W W
Newcastle United: L L L D L
Arsenal Squad :
Bernd Leno, David Luiz, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Reiss Nelson, Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Ainsley Maitland Niles, Willian, Folarin Balogun, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Gabriel Magalhaes, Dani Ceballos, Mohamed Elneny, Runar Alex Runarsson, Joe Willock, Miguel Azeez, Ben Cottrell, Calum Chambers
NEW Squad :
Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Emil Krafth, Ciaran Clark, Matthew Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey, Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, Joelinton, Andy Carroll, Javier Manquillo, Deandre Yedlin, Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Achraf Lazaar, Fabian Schar, Allan Saint-Maximin, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Martin Dubravka, Jacob Murphy, Sean Longstaff, Mark Gillespie, Daniel Langley, Henri Saivet, Christian Atsu, Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle