Newcastle United secured their second victory of the week with a 2-1 win over Southampton at St James’ Park.
Danny Ings had opened the scoring for the Saints but Steve Bruce’s men roared back with strikes from Jonjo Shelvey and Federico Fernandez.
The Magpies are 10th in the Premier League and yesterday’s win made it seven points from the week.
After last weekend’s draw with Manchester City, it means a solid week for Bruce who found himself under pressure earlier in the campaign.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer took to Twitter after the game to praise the team and also Bruce’s substitutions:
Not pretty at times but a great 3 points for the Toon. Very good substitutions that worked very well. ????⚫️⚪️ #NEWSOT
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 8, 2019
Bruce threw Andy Carroll on for the out of sorts Joelinton with Newcastle trailing.
Within ten minutes the Magpies had restored parity with Carroll claiming the assist for Shelvey’s equaliser.
Gary Lineker was another who took to Twitter to praise the work being done by Bruce at Newcastle.
The former England man believes it’s time people gave the manager the credit he deserves:
Another win for @NUFC. Are we allowed to say that Steve Bruce is an excellent manager?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 8, 2019
Bruce replaced the popular Rafa Benitez during the summer and led to supporters becoming increasingly disgruntled.
The Spaniard was an extremely likeable manager and he endeared himself to supporters by sticking with the club despite relegation to the Championship.
The hierarchy in place at St James’ Park allowed Benitez’s contract expire and that led to Bruce’s appointment in the summer.
After a sticky period earlier in the season it looked as though things could turn toxic.
The ex-Hull and Aston Villa manager has revived the Magpies though. Newcastle have lost just once in the last seven matches and finally look to be on the up.