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Bruce: Some­times you just need time


- By LEE RY­DER Chief New­cas­tle writer lee.ry­der@reach­ @lee_ry­der Sports · Crystal Palace F.C. · Sheffield United F.C. · Newcastle United Football Club · Steve Bruce · Joelinton · Selhurst Park

STEVE Bruce said the time has come to stop talk­ing about Joelin­ton’s £40mil­lion price tag and let the striker get on with his foot­ball.

The for­ward scored one and made one in the 2-0 win at Crys­tal Palace as United climbed into the top 10.

Bruce hit back at crit­ics with an­other away win but was keen to talk about Joelin­ton’s per­for­mance af­ter the game.

He said: “It doesn’t mat­ter about price tag and where you come from, some­times you need time.

“In Joe’s case, the price tag and num­ber nine shirt meant he strug­gled at times.

“But the kid wants to do well. “He has a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties tonight but we are start­ing to see him now with his strength.

“There is no dis­put­ing that Joelin­ton has found it dif­fi­cult but I’ve said many times that some take a lit­tle more time than oth­ers. But we’re de­lighted he’s scored a goal. “I’m de­lighted with the at­ti­tude. “It’s been a dif­fi­cult week but we’ve re­sponded in the right way.”

Joelin­ton and Cal­lum Wil­son sealed the three points for New­cas­tle and Bruce ad­mit­ted he was con­cerned about missed chances in the first half.

He said: “We cre­ated a few op­por­tu­ni­ties and missed the right pass and that lit­tle bit of qual­ity.

“That bit of qual­ity the two strik­ers did show they have both scored from. Win­ning late on is not a bad trait to have.

“The play­ers have re­sponded at the end of a tough week.”

Cal­lum Wil­son spoke of his de­light af­ter net­ting the first goal in last night’s win.

The £20mil­lion man scored and as­sisted to aid the Mag­pies at Sel­hurst Park to stop the rot for Steve Bruce’s side.

Wil­son took his tally to seven for the season with an ice cool fin­ish at the death.

Af­ter the game he said: “It was lit­tle bit of a frus­trat­ing game but you need to be pa­tient in th­ese games and be ready for the op­por­tu­nity to take it, whether first or 80-some­thing minute. We played well tonight and lim­ited them to a few chances. We didn’t cre­ate much our­selves but got the goals when it mat­tered.

“You work hard on fit­ness, look af­ter your body, be as pro­fes­sional as you can.

“It puts you in good stead for the lat­ter stages in the game.

“I feel when a chance arises in front of goal I am con­fi­dent to put it away.

“It was a scruffy fin­ish but they all count and an­other one to the tally.

“It was nice too for Joe to get on the score sheet.

“Karl Dar­low has been fan­tas­tic this season, faced a lot of shots, saved a lot, kept us in games. Fedy did a great block, it was gamechang­ing.”

 ??  ?? Steve Bruce speaks to Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff af­ter last night’s vic­tory
Steve Bruce speaks to Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff af­ter last night’s vic­tory

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