North East UK news Steve Bruce pulled no punches after the League Cup win MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Newcastle United are safely into round three but it was a struggle against Blackburn - and Bruce didn't deny it
Breaking News ! Steve Bruce admitted that his players "could not mask" what was a poor performance against Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The EFL outfit made multiple changes to their side and only handed star man Adam Armstrong a cameo role. Yet the Magpies could not contain Rovers for long periods and only poor finishing from the visitors prevented an embarrassing cup exit. When asked if Newcastle had made hard work of it, Bruce said: "That is fair to say. I couldn't have put it better myself. "It was pretty evident that a lot of people benefited from getting a game. "From Big Joe up front to Ciaran Clark who is trying to get over an injury from last season. The goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has also arrived. "The only bit of quality was our goal from Ryan Fraser. It was fair to say it was a struggle. "And I'd be disappointed to be in Tony Mowbray's shoes but that's the cup and the way it is. Certainly we will be better having the game.
. Bruce added: "Considering he hasn't played since March I thought Ryan's effort, endeavour and enthusiasm was there for everybody to see. "It was a great finish and a great run. It was a great ball from Miggy. "That was the only real bit of quality we have shown all night." Bruce was also delighted to see Mark Gillespie keep a clean sheet on his Toon bow while Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark was delighted to get through 90 minutes after an ankle injury last season. Bruce went on: "Mark Gillespie was given away as a 16-year old so it was a big night for him on his debut and he was arguably our best player. Ciaran Clark was the big one for me - I thought he was immaculate considering he hadn't played since around last Christmas time." The win means a packed schedule for United in September and that will get even more hectic should they see off Morecambe next week at the Globe Arena. Bruce said: "We've got another big game on Sunday and that's now six games we're going to play in a period of two and a half weeks so we'll get ready for that challenge. "That game tonight has made sure we've got a lot of players now with some game time under their belt."
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