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Why Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce told his team they had to respect his former club Sheffield United at St. James’ Park UK News

The relegated Blades start their penultimate game of a season to forget carried by the victory at Everton this weekend.

It was only their sixth league win of the campaign after waiting until January for their first 1-0 win over Newcastle at Bramall Lane thanks to a Billy Sharp penalty.

“It was definitely one of the dark moments of the season, if you will,” Bruce said of the game.

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“I definitely picked the wrong team so I have to take full responsibility.

“It was one of the most horrible times of winter. Our performance in Sheffield was far from there, and rightly so, we did not get a result.

“I have enormous respect for Chris [Wilder, the former Blades boss] and what he built there.

Steve Bruce was a huge fan of his successor Chris Wilder’s work at Sheffield United (Photo by Stu Forster / Getty Images)

“They were relegated but they won at Goodison a few days ago, and they won at Old Trafford. That’s the beauty of the Premier League and how difficult it is – it doesn’t happen in other leagues.

“This is a group of genuine and honest players who have had wonderful years.

“This year it hasn’t quite happened for them, but I still have immense respect for them, and if we don’t show them that they will be difficult for us because they are still a very decent team. “

The game will also be a rare chance for United to play in front of supporters again, with 10,000 fans allowed into St. James Park.

“I’ve said it before – it was absolutely weird playing in front of anyone,” added Bruce.

“At first it took some getting used to. But it is a step towards normality, and we have all said it: if ever we need to remember what we play football, what we care about, it is the supporters and the spectacle.

“I’m sure people will go to the pub and have a few beers, then go to the pub and discuss everything that makes this great game what it is.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 13:23:12