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Steve Bruce on his three star players

How big was Miss Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron against Manchester City? I hope they will be back today.

Asked about the trio, Bruce said, “Without question, in your team’s backbone, you always need someone like Jamal.

“Yes, he made a mistake, but you can count them, on the one hand, the number of mistakes he made, which is vitally important for a central defender. He has these leadership skills and a great determination to gain, so, of course, you need people to like that.

“At the other end, we have ASM and Almiron and they will always be a threat to anyone.

“Look, we had a bad night against one of the best teams and when you’re on the bone, you need everything to go your way.

“We should have done better, we have to react and the players know they have to …”

Newcastle United players crowd before Crystal Palace match last month


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