Steve Bruce admits Newcastle United made it "too easy" for Manchester City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on July 08, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lee Smith/Pool via Getty Images)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce gave a no-holds-barred assessment of their 5-0 defeat against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

The Citizens had a comfortable night at the Etihad Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, David Silva and Raheem Sterling all getting on the scoresheet.

“When you come here you’ve got to be somewhere near your best.

"We knew we were up against it with some of the bodies we had missing but you still expect them to put up a bit more than we showed.

"It was too easy from the first minute to the last.”

  • Performance not good enough

When asked whether the players he selected were capable of getting a result tonight, Bruce replied: “What you do need is a squad of players who haven’t played to grasp the situation and go and perform on one of the big stages.

"We didn’t do enough to lay a glove on them and that’s the disappointing thing.”

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  • The unbeaten run is over

The Magpies' unbeaten Premier League run since the season restarted last month came to an end tonight.

During their impressive run, they won against Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth and recorded draws against Aston Villa, and most recently, West Ham United.

“We’ve had a really good run of late and the manner of it today was not what it should be.

"It’s never easy against Man City but I still expect us to perform better.”

  • Bruce will look for a response against Watford

Steve Bruce made it clear that he wants a response from his side against relegation-battling Watford on Saturday, when he said: “You can get beat, but sometimes it’s the manner of it.

"If the mentality is that we’ve done enough and have our flip flops on then that’s not going to happen.

"I will demand we are better than what we were today and hopefully we can finish on a better note.”

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