Last Updated: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:47
Steve Bruce takes his Hull side to Newcastle warning that early season talk of a "crisis" at St James' Park was a red herring.
Unease over the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football coupled with a distinct lack of transfer activity in the summer cast a return of one point from Newcastle's first two games in a poor light.
But things have picked up since then with Barclays Premier League wins over Fulham and Aston Villa, as well as success in their Capital One Cup clash against Morecambe, leaving them in confident mood.
As a born and bred Newcastle fan Bruce pays close attention to events at the club and feels the naysayers were on the wrong track at the start of the campaign.
"When you see them last week winning at Villa and look at the team they can field when (Loic) Remy is fit, when (Papiss) Cisse is back, when (Hatem) Ben Arfa is fit and (Yohan) Cabaye is still there...they are a very good side, no question about it," he said.
"Like the rest of us when they are missing two, three or four big players of course it can be a problem.
"One game is a crisis in this day and age and after the first game of the season Arsenal and Newcastle were in crisis. Since then they've gone on to pick up seven points and had back to back wins. It's going to be difficult for us."
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