Fabian Schar feels Newcastle United can be pleased with their Premier League results under Steve Bruce and the way performances have changed since tasting back-to-back defeats, as quoted by The Shields Gazette.
The Magpies’ key defender is currently on international duty with Switzerland as they look to improve their standing in Group D, having taken one win and a draw from their opening Euro 2020 qualifiers and trail Denmark by a point for second-place.
Newcastle, likewise, have taken one win and a draw this league season, having beaten Tottenham Hotspur in North London 1-0 before being held to a point by Watford at St. James’ Park.
Schar is unsure if Newcastle can lament not taking more from their opening games, though, as Newcastle’s performances in the defeats to Arsenal and Norwich left much to the admiration.
The 27-year-old is buoyant that Newcastle are on the up, however, and recently offered a rational assessment of life under Bruce, noting the improvements he has noticed in how the Magpies have fared.
“This week showed that we are in a good way – and if we continue working this way, I am very positive,” Schar said. “It is difficult to say [if Newcastle have maximised the potential points on offer], but we are quite ok after four games.
“More points at the break would have been better. We would have felt better with a win [against Watford] and the Arsenal game I think we deserved a point.
“We have been improving over the last few weeks. Overall I think we are in a good way.”
Schar’s take on Newcastle’s performances under Bruce is hard to argue with, as the Magpies were there or thereabouts in the first-half against Arsenal, only just falling short in the end in that 1-0 defeat.
The Toon’s defensive performance against Norwich is better left forgotten, though, as Teemu Pukki punished them that day.
Against Tottenham, things were very different, and it was their defence more than anything that ensured Spurs did not run away with things, given the hosts had 80.2% of possession and fashioned 17 efforts on goal, according to WhoScored data.
Newcastle then showed a tremendous fighting spirit last time out to come from behind against Watford to take a point rather than melt under the Hornets’ early pressure, which paid dividends in the second half as the Magpies looked the stronger side, albeit with an often tame end result.
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