Chris Sutton has told BBC Live’s coverage of Newcastle United’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night that he does not believe Steve Bruce has lost the Toon dressing room – despite another defeat that leaves Newcastle in 17th place.
With Fulham having produced a surprise performance on Sunday evening that saw them beat Everton 2-0 away from home, the pressure was placed on Newcastle to win and replace the 10-point gap between themselves and the drop zone.
However, The Toon might start looking over their shoulder after first-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner was enough to see Thomas Tuchel pick up a fourth win from five since replacing Frank Lampard. He has 13 from a possible 15.
Newcastle are now only seven points above 18th-placed Fulham – and the Cottagers have a game in hand. Newcastle are without Callum Wilson and fans are becoming increasingly concerned – but Sutton thinks Bruce still has the trust of the players.