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Allan holds key to job safety for Bruce


STEVE BRUCE says Allan Saint-Maximin is key to saving his job.

Newcastle have lost their past six games and have not won in 11 before today’s trip to high-flying Everton.

Manager Bruce blamed “illness and injury” but said he was “not bulletproo­f”.

Saint-Maximin has made two substitute appearance­s after eight weeks out because of Covid-19. Bruce said: “There is a lot on his shoulders.

“We look a different outfit with him in it. We are not alone in losing our best players. One makes a difference. Take


Van Dijk out of Liverpool or Zaha from Palace.” Bruce is facing up to a crunch period. He said: “I would not expect to be bulletproo­f. “We are judged on results and ours are not good enough.” Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will not lose trust in Jordan Pickford, despite the keeper making another mistake in the midweek 1-1 draw with Leicester. Ancelotti said: “He is still young. It is important to show the desire to improve. And he will improve.”

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SAINT ON PARADE: Saint-Maximin

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