Steve Bruce feels the current criticism levelled at his Newcastle side by fans is over the top – for a group whose primary objective is to make it through in the Premier League.

Magpies manager Bruce and his players have come under fire after some bad results in the past fortnight, most significantly their disappointing Carabao Cup quarter-final loss to Sky Bet Champion club Brentford last Tuesday.

In all competitions, Newcastle have now gone four games without a win after they were also beaten 2-0 at Manchester City in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

Bruce has called on fans to be more realistic about their position.

Bruce stated: “We had a bad week and a few of the mass hysteria was, in my viewpoint, unfair and unfair. A lot of it was not right. I’m most likely going to say that however it’s my opinion.

” All the fans are like we are, we need to accept where we are. It is as quite straightforward as that.

” My remit is to ensure we remain and remain a Premier League clothing. That is what I will try to accomplish. That is where we have been for the last 3 or four years.

” Obviously, for Newcastle, in a great deal of individuals’s eyes, that isn’t going to suffice but that is where we are at the moment. We need to accept it and keep, as I have said lot of times, attempting to move it forward.”

Despite the result, Bruce felt Newcastle should have credit for their performance on a wet and windy night at the Etihad Stadium.

Newcastle have been among the clubs hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and they were without key pair Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles due to the virus. In addition Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Fraser were missing out on through injury and Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez were returning after illness and fatigue.

City controlled possession but Newcastle stayed in the video game after Ilkay Gundogan’s 14th-minute opener till Ferran Torres included the hosts’ second on 55 minutes.

Bruce said: “There are lots of positives to get in regards to the attitude and application of the teams, which has actually been questioned over the last number of weeks.

” When I see people like Fab Schar who has trained twice in five weeks due to the fact that of the issues we have actually had, with Feddy alongside him, and they reveal the resilience they showed – we were beaten by a much better team however the effort and the endeavour, work rate and mindset of the gamers was there for everyone to see.

” Yes, we weren’t great enough and we can improve. We distributed a poor objective at the incorrect time however we made a fist of it and provided as great as we’ve got.

” That’s all you can ask when you pertain to a big group like Man City. You have to attempt to have a strategy and remain in the video game, and see if we could trigger them a few issues. For big parts it worked.”