Steve Bruce accuses Newcastle players of not showing enough effort and desire in Leicester thrashing

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his side’s 5-0 defeat at Leicester was not down to tactics.

The Foxes inflicted a heavy defeat on the Magpies, who had to play the second-half with ten men after Isaac Hayden was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Dennis Praet.

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Steve Bruce has won just one of his first seven Premier League games in charge of Newcastle
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The result increased the pressure on Bruce, whose tactics have been questioned by a section of the St James’ Park faithful after winning just one of his opening seven games in charge.

But Bruce accused his players of not showing enough effort and desire at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

He told talkSPORT: “First of all, you have to do the basics. So we’ll go to work on the training ground.

“We changed [formation] today, but I don’t think today was anything to do with tactics or this, that or the other.

“Certainly, the effort and the desire and whatever you want to call it was not enough when we were up against it with ten men and 3-0 down, you have to show a bit more. We were just so passive.

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Newcastle were dominated by Leicester
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“We just accepted everything, which is hugely disappointing for me because it’s not what I want to see from a team of mine.”

Newcastle were already 1-0 down thanks to a Ricardo Pereira goal when Hayden was given his marching orders in the 43rd minute.

But a brace from Jamie Vardy, Paul Dummett own goal and late Wilfred Ndidi strike saw the Magpies drop to 19th place in the Premier League.

Bruce added: “They have to do a bit more and find a bit more than what we’ve just witnessed today.

“We can’t hide behind that and they can’t keep hiding behind me at the moment.

“We’re in it together and what we’ve just seen there, yeah you can feel sorry for yourself, [but] we haven’t done enough and we have to accept it and the consequences that go along with it.”

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