The Magpies bowed out of the season’s first domestic cup competition on Wednesday as Leicester won a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, with the Magpies’ injury list having grown significantly in the process.
Coming three days after a creditable 1-0 win at Tottenham, the cup loss represents a disappointment for a head coach who had vowed to target the cups this season, but back-to-back league victories would put a smile back on his face.
Bruce said: “If we can get to six points, that will be a wonderful start for us. That’s been my aim.
“The players, since I walked through the door – apart from a horrible performance at Norwich – have tuned into what we’re trying to do.
“As I said, defensively we look rock-solid. We have got to still improve offensively with the ball, but hopefully that will come.”