Newcastle United may have lost their opening two games but Steve Bruce insists his aim was to get six points from opening four games.
Steve Bruce says it would be “wonderful” to see Newcastle United sitting on six points after they host struggling Watford at St James’ Park on Saturday (Match Betting – Newcastle 6/4, draw 11/5, Watford 15/8).
The Magpies kicked off the 2019-20 campaign with back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Norwich, losing 3-1 to the newly-promoted side, but they responded well last time out in the league.
Joelinton netted the only goal of the game to seal a surprise 1-0 victory over top-four hopefuls Tottenham on Sunday.
They were back in action on Wednesday in the second round of the Carabao Cup but Leicester prevailed from that tie on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Newcastle (5/4 to be relegated) have the opportunity to get back on track this weekend when Watford, who are rock-bottom after three successive defeats, head to the north east.
Bruce insists his aim was always to have six points in the bag after four matches, having likely regarded the games with Norwich and Watford as winning opportunities.
“If we can get to six points, that will be a wonderful start for us. That’s been my aim,” Bruce said.
“The players, since I walked through the door – apart from a horrible performance at Norwich – have tuned into what we’re trying to do.”
The former Sheffield Wednesday boss, who took charge of Newcastle late in the summer, is happy with what he has seen from the Magpies defensively, although he admits they need to become more potent in the final third.
He added: “As I said, defensively we look rock-solid. We have got to still improve offensively with the ball, but hopefully that will come.”