Allan Saint-Maximin is unconcerned about the possibility of a relegation battle as he feels Newcastle will soon start winning games.
The Magpies are now just three points above 18th-placed Fulham. They have picked up only six points from 10 games while the Cottagers are making progress.
Scott Parker’s side have taken eight points from their last five games. They were 10 points behind the Tynesiders earlier in February but are now within touching distance.
It all points to a nervous run-in to the end of the season, with plenty of twists and turns expected. There has been a lot of negativity at St James’ Park since the turn of the year.
Early-season optimism has been replaced by repeated cries for Bruce to be sacked. Relegation would surely signal the death knell for his time in the dugout.
But former Nice star Saint-Maximin does not feel it will reach that stage. While acknowledging that things could be better, the Frenchman remains bullish over their prospects of beating the drop.
“I don’t worry a lot because I know we can win a lot of games,” he told NUFC TV. “You saw against Everton.
“You see that we have the power to do that but we just have to do that more, to do that every game, and that’s the problem I think for me.
“But we work a lot in training. We try to do everything to be better and we just have to keep improving.”
Make or break time
Saint-Maximin’s positivity will be put to the test in the next few weeks. Struggling clubs must pick up points against the so-called lesser teams to survive.
The next four games sees Newcastle face Wolves, West Brom, Aston Villa and Brighton. Fulham face a much tougher run, with Crystal Palace, Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City on the horizon.
Therefore March could prove to be a pivotal month of the campaign for both clubs. The north-east outfit have beaten West Ham, Burnley, Everton (twice), Palace, West Brom and Southampton this term.
And they will need to add to the win column if they are to retain their top-flight status. Bruce is certainly upbeat for the remainder of the season.
He felt there were positive signs in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
“My message to the supporters is that I’m convinced we’ll be OK,” he said after the Old Trafford reverse.