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Steve Bruce shares theory on why Newcastle can beat Everton despite losing six in a row


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Steve Bruce believes that his Newcastle United side are capable of beating Everton tomorrow because they have already done so this season.

The Magpies claimed a 2-1 victory over the Blues when the two sides met in the reverse fixtures at St. James’ Park at the start of November.

However, United arrive on Merseyside for tomorrow’s clash at Goodison Park   in dire need of a result, with their last win coming on December 12.

But Bruce, who has lost his last six matches in a row, believes his side have showed in recent weeks that they are capable of securing a repeat victory against the Blues.

“We played very, very well. We had a very decent start – we won five of our first ten or 11 games,” the under-pressure United boss told the media at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“We know we’re capable, and to be capable we need everyone fit and healthy and we’re edging towards that now.

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“Let’s hope we can improve – we will improve, we will get better, I’m convinced of that. I was pleased with the second half in particular – you could see what a goal did for us in the second half – so let’s hope we can build on what we did in the second half against Leeds.”

While Bruce believes his squad is finally looking ‘a lot healthier’ ahead of the game after a difficult few months with illness and injury.

He said: “Fede Fernández won’t make it unfortunately. Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett trained yesterday for the first time, so we’ll see how they are. It’s maybe a bit early for the two of them, but we’ll see how they are this morning.

“We’re getting there. The big thing has been not just injuries, but getting over illness – that’s the biggest thing we’ve had to cope with.

“With the illness, the one thing they’ve been told to do is just be idle, so (for) people like (Jamaal) Lascelles and Allan in particular, it’s just been complete rest for the best part of eight weeks.

“Getting him up to speed’s going to be difficult but Allan got another half an hour the other night and we’ve seen what a difference he makes to us, so let’s hope we can stay well. We’re looking a lot healthier than we were six weeks ago, that’s for sure.”

Before the Newcastle boss added on his side turning things around: “It’s how you deal with it, it’s how you cope with it, how you get through it.

“We’ve seen slight improvement, we’ve seen the addition of people coming back, getting fit again and healthy, which will help, and let’s hope that continues on.”


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