The Magpies are simply seven factors away from the relegation zone after a fifth consecutive defeat, because the strain mounts on Bruce.
However the Newcastle boss took a constructive spin on the defeat to Dean Smith’s side at Villa Park, following targets from Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore.
“We’ve gifted them a aim and after that it was troublesome, however there have been massive components of it that I used to be happy about,” Bruce advised Sky Sports activities. “I’ve seen sufficient to be inspired. There was sufficient there to work on.
“It’s at all times the troublesome half [to attack], we’ve discovered it extraordinarily troublesome to attain a aim. One other recreation Tuesday, let’s prepare.
“I’ve seen sufficient, them two approaching, one or two get again match, we’ve obtained an issue at centre-back. Huge gamers are those who can create, they’re coming again to health.
“We’re half-way, we’ve been caught on 19 factors, we’ve had a troublesome interval. I’ve seen sufficient of the staff and what they’re able to to attempt to end the place we completed final season [13th, 10 points above the relegation zone].
“I’ve been criticised for every part, I don’t essentially agree with that both [accusations that the style of play is too negative]. After all we’re not going to be entertaining or open, if we go that approach, I don’t assume we’ve obtained sufficient. We’ve obtained to tighten up defensively.”