Date published: Wednesday 24th June 2020 10:50
Steve Bruce rued his luck at seeing one of his former players deny him a win against Aston Villa.
Newcastle were held to a draw by Bruce’s old club Villa, with Ahmed Elmohamady scoring an equaliser against Bruce’s side.
The Egypt international, signed three times by Bruce during his spells in charge at Sunderland, Hull and Villa, came off the bench to force a 1-1 draw on Tyneside and keep his club’s Premier League survival hopes alive.
Bruce said with a smile: “I should have left him in Egypt. I’ve signed him three times. He’s a great pro, a great lad who has served me well over the best part of 10 years.
“He was one of my best ever signings when I was manager down the road, bringing him in for nothing. I think I paid a few quid for him when I took him to Hull, and how often do these things bite you?
“But we’re disappointed with the goal because it was a poor corner and he’s headed it six yards past the near post and unfortunately, my goalkeeper has let it go through him.
“Look, we’re disappointed with that and disappointed that we didn’t hold on because usually, that’s what we’re good at. But it didn’t happen tonight.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get the result, but four points from the opening two games, I think we would have accepted that.”
Newcastle, who were so impressive in victory over Sheffield United on Sunday, were a pale imitation against Villa, but took a 68th-minute lead when Andy Carroll crossed for fellow substitute Dwight Gayle to hold off defender Ezri Konsa and score his first goal for the Magpies since May 2018.