Hull City 0 Newcastle United 3: Steve Bruce has no fears despite losing run

'The one thing I'm not going to do is chuck it in,' Bruce said

Hull City’s manager, Steve Bruce, said he does not fear for his job, despite a fourth successive defeat, against Newcastle, that leaves the club in the Premier League’s bottom three.

Newcastle-supporting Bruce has been through tough times in his managerial career. He has another now but there is a lack of panic that will help the club’s battle for survival.

The grim reality of their loss against a side under the temporary charge of John Carver on home soil is that it was the fourth time in succession they have failed to score and lost.

Neither those in control at the club nor the home fans have turned on the manager or the team. Given the job Bruce has done since he took over, it is the least he deserves.

“I don’t fear for my job,” he said. “It’s part and parcel [of the game], it’s my turn. I’ve been in it long enough to roll up my sleeves. The one thing I’m not going to do is chuck it in. We’ve been badly hit by injuries and even against Newcastle we had too many flagging towards the end.

 

“We’ve got enough here to stay up and I’m convinced we will do. Listen, if you lose three-nil at home there’s going to be a certain negativity and rightly so. They’ve witnessed their team play very well but unfortunately gifted Newcastle the first goal, then the second one is a comedy of errors, it really is.

“We have to hold our hands up and say it’s turned into one of those awful afternoons. We want to see a bit more resilience.”

That may come with the appointment of the former Manchester United No 2 Mike Phelan, who will take over on Monday following the exit of Steve Agnew.

“I’m sure he’ll be a big help to us,” added Bruce. “I welcome the appointment of him. He’s trustworthy and a good lad to have around. He should give everyone a lift.”

Newcastle had won one game in nine before their visit to the KC Stadium. From the moment Rémy Cabella scored his first goal in English football, there was only one winner. Sammy Ameobi added a fine second and in the closing stages the substitute Yoan Gouffran scored a third.

It was the first match since Carver had been told he would be in charge for the next 16 games as head coach.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “If I’m being brutally honest, my emotions are in my face, I very rarely tell lies but when I am lying it is obvious in my face. I’m a happy man.”

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