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Steve Bruce praises the impact of Covid-19 returnee Allan Saint-Maximin after two months out... and is banking on the Frenchman to hit top form with Newcastle on a run of one league goal in eight games as they slide closer to the relegation zone Newcastle are also winless in eight league games as they slipped to 16th The Magpies put in another listless display as Aston Villa won 2-0 at Villa Park Steve Bruce will hope Allan Saint-Maximin can provide the spark the team needs Newcastle fans protested Mike Ashley's ownership outside St. James' Park  The fans also unfurled anti-Bruce banners while the team was in Birmingham 

By Joe Bernstein for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 23:52 GMT, 23 January 2021 | Updated: 23:56 GMT, 23 January 2021

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Steve Bruce is pinning his hopes on Covid returnee Allan Saint-Maximin getting Newcastle out of a relegation hole as fans protested outside St. James' Park after another defeat at Aston Villa last night.

Saint-Maximin, who has suffered the after-effects of the virus more than any other Premier League player, tasted his first action since November as a late substitute in Newcastle's 2-0 defeat extended their miserable scoring run to one goal in eight league games.

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'We looked more of a threat with Allan and Ryan (Fraser) on the pitch. That is the encouraging thing for me,' said Bruce, whose side haven't won in 10 games in all competitions.

Allan Saint-Maximin returned to action after two months out due to the effects of Covid-19

Allan Saint-Maximin returned to action after two months out due to the effects of Covid-19

Steve Bruce will hope the Frenchman can get back to his best as Newcastle look to stop the rot

Steve Bruce will hope the Frenchman can get back to

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