Key quotes from Steve Bruce following Carabao Cup win
Steve Bruce - Photo Credit: (Getty Images/Newcastle United)

Newcastle United won their second match in the space of four days as they overcame Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.

A first-half goal from debutant Ryan Fraser was enough to book United's place in the third round where they will take on Sky Bet League Two side Morecambe.

Heres the key responses that the Magpies' boss gave to the media following his side securing their place in the next round:

A lack of quality

It was a difficult evening for Newcastle, they had just 38% possession whilst Rovers also had three times as many shots as the hosts.

Bruce admitted that Fraser's goal was the only moment of quality that his side showed during the match.

"The only bit of quality we showed all night was the goal. It was a great ball, a great run and Ryan (Fraser) stuck it in well."

Debutants starring 

 

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Bruce praised both of his debutants in the slender win over Blackburn.

Fraser opened his account at St. James' Park in the 35th minute when he got on the end of a brilliant through ball from Miguel Almiron.

It wasn't just the Scotsman's goal that caught the eye of the manager, here's what Bruce made of the winger's first game:

"Considering he hasn't played since March, I thought Ryan's effort, endeavour and enthusiasm was there for everybody to see.

"It was a great finish and a great run."

Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie also made his debut for the Magpies. He was important in the side keeping a clean sheet.

"Mark Gillespie was given away as a 16-year old, so it was a big night for him on his debut and he was arguably our best player."

Managing his squad through a hectic opening period

Bruce made 10 changes from the side that won so impressively at the London Stadium meaning players will be fresh for Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Bruce spoke about the busy schedule and the importance of players getting valuable minutes under their belt.

"We've got another big game on Sunday and that's now six games we're going to play in a period of two and a half weeks so we'll get ready for that challenge.

"That game tonight has made sure we've got a lot of players now with some game time under their belt."

Saint-Maximin injury scare

The pacey Frenchman started on the bench but came on for Joelinton in the 73rd minute of the cup tie.

There was a nervy moment for the Magpies faithful when the winger went down and appeared to be in serious discomfort.

Despite coming back on to the field after receiving treatment, he did not look his usual exciting self.

Bruce gave the news that all Toon fans were hoping for telling the press that he was "ok."

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