Steve Bruce: Newcastle boss battles on after 'difficult' night against Leeds

Steve Bruce and Marcelo Biesa, his Leeds counterpart, have yet not won in the league this year
Although stubbornness is a characteristic shared by many Premier League managers, it can be stressful when your team is in danger of being beaten and thousands of supporters are calling for you to their aid.

This was my impression as I sat yards behind Steve Bruce in the first half at St. James' Park on Friday night. Newcastle then won a point against Leeds in a 1-1 draw.

Although the Magpies boss claimed that his family thinks he is sick for taking all the criticism he receives, he stated that he wouldn't walk away even though his face was a bit dingy at times.

It is hard to believe that all the relief Allan Saint-Maximin got from Allan Saint-Maximin scoring an equalizer and the joy he felt from his team's improvement following their defeat by Marcelo Bielsa for most of the first half made it all worthwhile.

Bruce, who was also subject to criticism from fans during much of last season's, stated afterwards: "I cannot sit here and claim it's easy. That frustration is understandable. It is something I truly, deeply feel.

"But it's all about me, the team and how they behaved as a team towards each other and the atmosphere that created. "What can I say about the chants?"

You can only say that they were loud and came in from all four sides on a balmy night under the lights on Tyneside.

After three minutes, "We want Brucey Out" began. However, Raphina gave Leeds a 13-minute lead. The song then moved along the Gallowgate End in St James' Park. As the crowd threatened to run wild, the message was loudly heard from large portions of the 50,000-strong crowd.

The stadium's visitors will be able to see how loud the Newcastle fans can make noise in support of their team. This is what happened when Saint-Maximin led a nearly single-handed cavalry charge.

Allan Saint-Maximin shined in a night when Newcastle fans were targeting Steve Bruce

It is difficult to not feel sympathy for the victim when one person is targeted.

Of course, Newcastle managers have been there before. But chants directed at Mike Ashley shortly after speak of a club that, according to ex-Norway striker Alan Shearer is "empty and hollow". External-link

Bruce might have wished that he were in the same place as Bielsa. He has been determined to stick to his methods, despite a poor start to the season.

However, the difference is the friendship that the Argentine has developed with Leeds fans after taking them to the Premier League for 16 years. His exciting brand of football led to a ninth place finish in the top flight last year.

Bruce, who led Newcastle to consecutive 13th and 12th-placed finishes during his two seasons as manager, has been criticized by his tactics, style of play and man-management. Last Saturday, he was even asked about his plans for a vacation in the international break.

He accused the local newspaper of spreading "negativity to fans" after the episode. Many might argue that it was results, performances, and the current state of the club that led to the current mood.

After last season's positive finish, this campaign has not produced any wins in five Premier League games. Bruce vented his frustration with fans when he was denied the opportunity to sign anyone by transfer deadline day.

The supporters were not able to show their disapproval on Friday, which was a credit to them. They did a great job turning around a game that looked as though it might be over in the second half. Bruce stated that he was delighted with the team's performance.

Although the chances of 60-year old getting back support seem remote, he is determined to keep trying, regardless of the stress.

He said, "I'll keep trying to be the best I could be in this situation." "I hope to draw from the experience I've had over 20 years to try to keep the noise out."

It will take effort.