Steve Bruce in awe of Newcastle's performance against Chelsea

Steve Bruce has commended Newcastle and the way they held up their game with Chelsea after they won dramatically in the 94th minute with a score of 1-0.

“When we get better and try and improve our quality on the ball has to be better,” Bruce told Sky Sports.

“We tried to change early on and I didn’t think we were ready. They have been used to playing this way for a couple of years and it helps when you get results.

“We set up to be difficult to play against, difficult to beat.

“Allan Saint-Maximin produced the ball of the match [for the goal]. That little bit of quality. It was a dreadful corner from Matt Ritchie and then he has the cheek to go on the telly.

“We keep working away and the resilience they show has got us a few results against some of the bigger teams. We have to take it slowly and build, the next step is to [improve that quality].”

Hayden stated later that he his being in the penalty area was a mistake.

“I wasn’t supposed to go up for the corner,” the matchwinner told Sky Sports.

“I was supposed to stay back and be the last defender but I was on a yellow card so I couldn’t foul anyone so I thought I might as well go up.”

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