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Newcastle United twice came from behind to earn a share of the points with West Ham United in an entertaining 2-2 draw at St James’ Park. Steve Bruce was pleased with his team’s ‘resilience’.
On Wednesday, Bruce’s side will take on Manchester City and following the game against the Hammers, Bruce named three players who definitely won’t play.
Isaac Hayden forced off today through injury, he and Sean Longstaff will miss Wednesday with hamstring injuries. While Allan Saint-Maximin will also be missing. Bruce stating that he can”t ask his star player to start the sixth game in the space of 18 days.
Bruce said: “We’ll see where we are [for Wednesday]. Five games in 15 days in the Premier League is a tough ask. We’ll see how they all are in the next 24-48 hours. Unfortunately, I don’t think I could ask Allan to go again on Wednesday, that’s for sure.
“Our two, arguably, fittest players in Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have both got hamstring injuries. They’re not serious but it’s two or three weeks which probably rules them out. They’ve shown their resilience. I think that’s ten goals in four games which is pleasing. Unfortunately, we’ve gifted them the first one and they scored from a set-piece which is disappointing.
“If anybody has bought into what we require it’s Jonjo. He’s always been blessed with wonderful football ability but we’ve worked tirelessly on his physical aspects. That’s down to him, the stuff he does has all been good. He’s tried like anything to make it happen. They’ve shown their resilience.
“I think that’s ten goals in four games which is pleasing. Unfortunately, we’ve gifted them the first one and they scored from a set-piece which is disappointing.”