What Newcastle boss said after his team beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday

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Despite dominating large periods of the game against Newcastle United on Saturday at St James Park, Chelsea lost 1-0 to Steve Bruce’s side.

Isaac Hayden scored a last minute winner to secure a win for the host. The goal came very much against the run of play, with Chelsea dominating possession and trying relentlessly to unlock the hosts’ defence.

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce revealed after the game that his team are difficult to beat and difficult to play against.

Bruce said: “Smash and grab – is that the right headline? The one thing that we’ve proven, especially here against the big teams, is that we’re difficult to beat and difficult to play against.

“Yes, it’s not great to watch, but when I see them with the effort and the endeavour and the way they stuck to the gameplan…

“To be fair, we’ve got to look after the ball better, we turned over the ball far too often today, which was painful, but their resilience and their attitude was there for everybody to see. They stuck at it and defended with their lives.”

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