Newcastle United manager

Newcastle United fans owe Steve Bruce an apology after they got back to winning ways against Burnley at the weekend, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa striker claimed the return of Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson showed Bruce had a good side that was ravaged by injuries previously.

Wilson made his first appearance since the beginning of February when he was introduced from the bench at Turf Moor.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson

Saint-Maximin was making his second appearance after over a month out and grabbed a goal and an assist in Newcastle’s 2-1 win.

The result was the Magpies’ first win for nine games and it leaves them six points above the relegation places.

“I’ve said this all through the season that Steve Bruce deserved people to get off his back,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“He’s had a hard season with injuries, coronavirus affected his squad the most with players missing games.

“Once you get Callum Wilson back, once you get Allan Saint-Maximin back they’ll be a different team and it’s shown already.

“Newcastle will be absolutely fine, they’ve got no chance of going down. They will continue to get wins.

“Newcastle fans will owe Steve Bruce an apology for the way they’ve treated him.

“Hopefully the Newcastle chairman will give him some money in the summer to build an even better team.

“I’m happy for him and I’m happy that he’s got those players back.”

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Speaking on the pair after the game, Bruce told Chronicle Live: “To keep them well is so important because we’re a different animal if those two are in the team.

“Unfortunately, they haven’t been in the team often enough.”

In other news, there has been a big update on Rangers’ bid to sign a Newcastle United player.