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It wasn’t a good night for Burnley but it was for Newcastle United and their manager Steve Bruce who took the points at St. James’ Park with a 3-1 victory against us.

Speaking after the game, Bruce said: “I am delighted for the players. We’ve all had our fair share of criticism this week, maybe rightly so. Tonight we have hopefully quietened a few for a while anyway. We have tried to change and be more expansive. It goes up and down so quickly, that’s Newcastle.

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“If we can keep Allan Saint-Maximin fit he will get people off their seats, he can do things that other people can’t. He is explosive. He is a goalscorer and a threat”, and on that he joked: “I’ve known Phil Bardsley since he was 12 so I’m not shocked that he’s had a few kicks at him.”

Sean Dyche all but confirmed he would not be getting any new additions to his squad and said he was very disappointed with the first half performance. He said: ““You can’t wait in the Premier League and that was my message at half time. You can’t just give a half away because if you do, you have a lot of work to do.

“The second half was much better and we really need to get players fitter. We’re slowly getting bodies back and it’s almost like the end of our pre-season, bizarrely, because we’ve had so many injured. It’s a bit like the Europa League season, when we had people injured and playing too many games, so when it calms down and we get back to week to week and we put some real work into the players, we’ll see a difference.

“There are players out there who are not truly fit yet and we are asking a lot of them. We have four back at home who will get stronger, and hopefully might be available after the break, or certainly close. Corky is the one who is a bit of a slow burner at the moment, but they are important players for us and that will make us stronger. But we have to get that true, deep fitness into them and once we do that, and we look at the group, I hope, I think and I believe we will look a different group when everyone is fit and well.”

On the possibility of new players coming in, something he’s said for weeks is absolutely necessary, he added: “I don’t expect anything to happen before Monday, but it is skewed by the injuries, because when everyone is fit you would look and think it’s certainly a capable group.

“Could we activate the market and do with one or two more? Yes, I believe we could, but when everyone is fit you may look at that differently and they have to be good enough. There’s no point in just bringing someone in if they are not good enough to activate us now on what is a big stage, so we’ll give the players a few down days now, other than the ones on international duty, and then they will be working hard after that, which I have just assured them of.”

The manager concluded: “In the first half we were miles off it. We corrected it at half time and deservedly got back into the game. We looked bright and sharp and the energy was flooding back into the side, but unfortunately we are making too many mistakes and we are getting punished for them.”

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