Wilson at the double
Bruce’s men of course made the trip to Goodison Park earlier today, for their latest Premier League outing.
The Magpies headed into proceedings amid a frankly embarrassing spell of recent form, having failed to secure a single win from their last 11 outings across all competitions.
In turn, pressure had begun to ramp up on the club’s boss, amid widespread calls for a change on the bench at St. James’.
When all was said on Merseyside this afternoon, though, Bruce, remarkably, bought himself at least another week.
This came with Newcastle having emerged on the right side of a 2-0 scoreline, courtesy of a double from the superb Callum Wilson:
Another goal from Callum Wilson! 🔥
A fine display from the England forward today 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/af0A79Q47a
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 30, 2021
The Geordie outfit now sit a full 8 points clear of Fulham, who occupy the Premier League’s final relegation berth.
Lascelles ruled out
As outlined above, however, an otherwise positive afternoon’s work for Newcastle was soured to at least some degree by a blow on the personnel front.
Early in the 2nd-half at Goodison, visitors captain and key defender Jamaal Lascelles pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem, before limping off to be replaced by Ciaran Clark.
In turn, on the back of his side’s crucial victory, Steve Bruce was inevitably asked for an update on Lascelles’ wellbeing.
And the news proved far from encouraging, with the Magpies boss having confirmed that his side’s defensive stalwart is set for ‘at least a good few weeks’ on the sidelines:
‘It’s a hamstring injury. What we have found is the lads that have struggled with Covid have struggled with fatigue. Thankfully Ciaran Clark has come back in today but it looks as if Jamaal will miss at least a good few weeks.’
SB on Jamaal Lascelles:
“It’s a hamstring injury. What we have found is the lads that have struggled with Covid have struggled with fatigue. Thankfully Ciaran Clark has come back in today but it looks as if Jamaal will miss at least a good few weeks.” pic.twitter.com/qIHs55J8l0
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 30, 2021