Cape Town - Newcastle manager Steve Bruce believes
the 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday was the perfect way to
answer the club's critics.
There could not have been a bigger contrast between the emotions
Newcastle fans felt one week ago, when they lost 5-0 to Leicester, to
how they felt at full-time at St James' Park on Sunday, as they
compounded Man Utd's misery with a 1-0 win.
It's the first time ex-Red Devils defender Bruce has beaten his
former club as a manager, having had over 20 attempts - a fact he was
keen to make light of in his post-match interview.
"I've waited something like 20 years for a result against Man United,"
Bruce told Sky Sports. "I'm delighted for everybody. What we needed was a
response after last week and that was there for everyone to see.
"This just shows you that football management is up and down. You can
never write the script. When that's the case you need your team to
"When you lose badly everyone comes under the pump. Thankfully we
responded and for a young kid to make his debut and blast one in from 20
yards is something else."
Bruce went into more detail to praise Longstaff - younger brother of
midfield partner Sean - and how impressed he has been with him since
"Since pre-season in China I've said 'who's this kid?' He stands out
with his ginger hair. He has wonderful enthusiasm and he lights up your
day. He's 19? So what. I'm delighted for him," said Bruce.
"All you can do is answer your critics by getting a result. We knew
this run was going to be difficult. I hope this is the turning point. I
know I'm not going to be everyone's cup of tea but the nonsense that
flies around is insulting. Hopefully this helps the cause."