Toon Result Ends Bruce Speculation

... Geordie boy Bruce is set for an immediate return to the top flight, and that 5-1 at St James' Park confirms he is on the right track.

Bruce: "The dressing is absolutely buzzing in there. If you go on a cup run, it can only breed a little bit of confidence.

"If you are fortunate to go all the way, who knows? We have got Reading at home, and there are probably six or seven Premiership teams already out.

"Birmingham is the only big city club that has never won anything, so any manager who manages them wants to try to win something.

"Can it be our year? Who knows?

"Of course, the priority is the league. But a cup run can only help us, and we will look forward to it."