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Newcastle United press conference LIVE: Steve Bruce on takeover rumours, Joelinton, Crystal Palace

Welcome to our Steve Bruce press conference live blog on Friday, February 21.

The Newcastle United head coach will face the media this morning ahead of his side's trip to Crystal Palace.

The Magpies will be looking to quickly bounce back following their humbling defeat at Arsenal last time out.

Bruce's side made a positive opening but collapsed in the second half, allowing the hosts to bag two quickfire braces.

The heavy loss saw United drop to 13th in the Premier League - still seven points clear of the relegation zone.

However, the Magpies will be looking to add to that cushion when they face the Eagles who sit a point and place below them in the table.

Ciaran Kelly and Lee Ryder are at United's Benton training centre this morning to bring you the latest.

Rose on mentality shift

Danny Rose insists he has come to Newcastle United to “be part of something special” - and hopes to “install” a win at all costs mentality.

The England international made the temporary switch to St James’ Park until the end of the season, and made his first start in the humbling defeat at Arsenal last time out.

Danny Rose of Newcastle United FC (28) arrives for the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United
Danny Rose of Newcastle United FC (28) arrives for the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United

However, the on-loan Tottenham defender believes there were enough positives in the first-half display at the Emirates Stadium to suggest the Magpies will pick up plenty of points in the remaining months of the season.

United face a tricky trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Rose admits Roy Hodgson’s side are a team he has not enjoyed facing in the past.

However, it is an encounter the 29-year-old believes the Magpies have to win - and it is the start of a run of games that will see the club face teams in and around them in the table.

You can read the full story here.

Bruce's message to players

Steve Bruce will look to keep his head in the aftermath of Newcastle United’s heavy defeat at Arsenal - despite the fact that some observers on Tyneside lost theirs after the trip to the Emirates Stadium.

Bruce made it clear on Sunday that he hadn’t read the riot act to his players, but he does want to see an improvement from a defensive point of view at Crystal Palace.

Despite the negativity and the alarming manner in which his team crumbled in North London, Bruce has reminded his players how close they are to sealing top-flight safety much earlier than the last two seasons.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce (C) looks on during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on February 19, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce (C) looks on during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on February 19, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

In fact, it is so close they can almost reach out and touch it before the team even get into March.

Although, victory at Crystal Palace and then a follow-up win at home to Burnley will be needed to erase bad memories of Arsenal.

You can read the full story here.

Morning

Good morning. Steve Bruce will face the media this morning at the Magpies’ Benton base.

Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce during the Newcastle United Press Conference at the Newcastle United Training Centre on August 27, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce during the Newcastle United Press Conference at the Newcastle United Training Centre on August 27, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Image: Newcastle United via Getty Image)