Steve Bruce says that Newcastle United are better equipped to avoid another dire stalemate against Brighton & Hove Albion than they were last season.

Both fixtures ended in 0-0 draws on Tyneside and the South Coast, but with the additions of Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis, Bruce expects more chances for his side.

Bruce feels that even two points against a well organised Brighton side should not be sniffed at but hopes for better from his side this term.

Bruce told the Chronicle: "Back at the time those two points may have proved critical for both clubs.

"So sometimes it can be hard. Certainly they weren't a spectacle to watch and we understand that.

"Hey, the Premier League can be an unforgiving place and Brighton now pose a different challenge to us compared to West Ham.

"They are a totally different outfit to West Ham let's say.

"They base everything on possession of the ball which has changed under Grahan Potter.

"We certainly know what to expect under Graham."

Fed-up fans, who received bad news on the lockdown front this week, will be watching on back home for some much-needed entertainment.

So can Bruce and his players deliver this time?

He said: "As far a spectacle? We have given ourselves a real, real opportunity to get off to a good start.

"We have had a good week.

"We were really fortunate in the week and we understand that but we're in the hat and we have a chance to build on a better start."

Back in July, the goalless draw at the Amex Stadium featured a bad miss from Andy Carroll when he headed wide of the target.

But Bruce feels he has not only got a fitter Carroll on his books but also players around him who can turn a game.

The former Manchester United captain reflected: "The addition of four or five players has given a healthier look to the squad.

"When I looked behind me last week at West Ham and had Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser...who I didn't use.

"Then I'm bringing on Miguel Almiron and Joelinton as subs it just shows you that little bit of strength in depth, which has improved us.

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"That makes it a little bit easier in the areas we needed to improve.

"It just shows that all of them got off to a good start.

"Even the goalkeeper Mark Gillespie this week (vs Blackburn).

"He was shown the door here at 16 but has gone away and worked extremely hard.

"It was a big moment for him.

"But all of them have had a really good couple of weeks which we're delighted about."