Steve Bruce says he may have had his worst results as a manager in 20 years but was encouraged by his side’s second team in Newcastle half performance in the home loss to Leeds

Tuesday’s loss – caused by goals from Raphinha and Jack Harrison for the visitors, both sides of a Miguel Almiron ending – marked Newcastle’s fifth straight win in the Premier League and means they are now just two points from the last 27 have collected available for you

You have not now won 11 games in all competitions – the longest such run in Bruce’s career.The last time he had a similar long run without a win was a 10-game game between December 2016 and February 2017 as Aston Villa boss

Almiron ended Newcastle’s 454-minute run without a goal in a significantly improved performance in the second half, with Jamaal Lascelles hitting the bar with a header from a corner and Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier scoring a series of hits well saves

“This league is demanding and cruel at times,” Bruce told BBC Sport. “I don’t know if I’ve had a worse run in 20 years, but I saw something tonight and we’ll start again tomorrow”

Newcastle have been robbed of one of their best attacking talents, including Allan Saint-Maximin, in recent weeks due to injuries and illnesses, but the French winger got off the bench against Leeds and inspired his side almost to a point

“Any club near the bottom if you knock out your best players in the future makes such a big difference,” added Bruce

“Saint-Maximin was the one, along with Almiron, who saved the place with his skills and to be a bigger goal threat we need him and Ryan Fraser to stay fit

“If these two stay good and Almiron stays good, then hopefully we will have a front three that can do enough to hopefully get us where we want to be””

Where they are now, they are seven points above the relegation zone, but they have played two more games than 18 Place in Fulham Leeds is seven points ahead of 12th place Better off in the table

Raphinha was the key to Leeds’ victory After being found by Rodrigo, he made an excellent start and then delivered the pass for Harrison’s great winner, the Brazilian winger also hit the post from a tight angle in the first half and returned tirelessly to support his defense. p>

The Whites have struggled in recent games and failed to score two losses against Tottenham and Brighton, both sides of an FA Cup that humiliates Crawley in League Two, but this has been a decent response for their critics

That means that for the first time since 1975/76 they made the league double against Newcastle

Leeds’ victory came at a cost, however Spain center-back Diego Llorente hobbled away less than 10 minutes after making his debut to continue the injury problems he had suffered since joining the club in September

The conservative football that Newcastle has played for much of the season is only palatable if it brings results, but those are for a team whose meager return of points since losing 5-2 in the Elland Road in the middle has long dried up, long dried up – They got into trouble in December

A week ago, Bruce said it was time for Newcastle to start playing “my way” – something he later clarified to defend 20 to 30 meters higher on the field

There was little evidence in the first half that Leeds comfortably took control of possession and competition with Raphinha’s well-scored goal

Leeds are not in their best moment of the season, but their opponent’s stand-offish approach in the first 45 minutes was a leg-up and as Marcelo Bielsa’s side have already shown, they need little invitation to to pour forward ruthlessly

Bruce and owner Mike Ashley are fortunate enough to have the St James’ Park is empty at the moment, and save them both the wrath of 50000 frustrated home fans at halftime whistle

Bruce, however, guarantees a tip for his changes in the second half, which saw his side keep the crowd higher on the pitch and look more dangerous than ever before this year

But for Meslier and a better placed header from Lascelles from a corner they would have had a point, possibly more

Ultimately, however, Leeds came out ahead, their targets were a showcase for the incisive attacking game we saw in this campaign, while their resilience in the second half is a rare but enjoyable facet that will serve them well, if you can keep it

“We expected a difficult game,” said Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa. “After Jack Harrison’s goal, there was a 20-minute break during which it was difficult to control the game

“For us it was a game we had to win and it was very difficult, but we made it”

Newcastle is out for a kick-off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday at Everton, which has won four of its last five games. Leeds are playing at soaring Leicester a day later in a game that starts at 2pm

Attempt blocked Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Roberts

Attempt missed Dwight Gayle’s (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is up and far left after a direct free kick

Attempt saved Fabian Schür (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the lower right corner

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