Bruce has made big early impact says Dawson

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Ben Dawson says the Newcastle players now have some focus and direction following the arrival of new boss Steve Bruce.

Ben Dawson says the Newcastle players now have some focus and direction following the arrival of new boss Steve Bruce.

Dawson claimed the impact of Bruce was immediate as Newcastle won their first friendly since appointing their new manager.

Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal as the Magpies beat West Ham 1-0 in the third-place play-off of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Shanghai.

Bruce only linked up with the squad on Thursday but Dawson, who will now revert to his role as academy head after taking temporary charge of first-team matters, claimed there had been a big change.

‘I think it was obvious the difference having a manager in place.

He’s obviously given the players some focus and direction,’ Dawson said.

‘He’s been able to express his expectations and the standards he wants out on the pitch to both the staff and the players.

‘They’ve obviously been able to work on that the last couple of days and put in the performance they did tonight.’

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