The Magpies manager has urged his own team's supporters to be more realistic after the reaction to a run which saw them lose to Manchester City (2-0) on Boxing Day (26.12.20), following a 5-2 loss to Leeds, a 1-1 draw with Fulham, and a 1-0 Carabao Cup quarter final loss to Championship side Brentford.
Bruce said: "We had a bad week and some of the mass hysteria was, in my opinion, unjust and unfair. A lot of it was not right. I’m probably going to say that — but it is my opinion.
“We have to accept where we are. It is as pretty straightforward as that. My remit is to make sure we stay and remain as a Premier League outfit.
"That is what I will try to achieve. That is where we have been for the last three or four years now.
“Of course, for Newcastle, in a lot of people’s eyes, that isn’t going to be enough but that is where we are at the moment.
“We have to accept it and keep — as I have said many times now — trying to move it forward.”
Meanwhile, Bruce also pointed to the impact of the coronavirus, with his Newcastle side hit hard by both the pandemic and unrelated injuries.
He added: "We’ve had an awful time trying to muddle through it all. We’ve had an awful outbreak of an illness that none of us know very much about.
“The one thing it has done is left a lot of the players fatigued, so we’ve been a bit mix and match — and have suffered in that way.
"But thankfully it looks as though most of them are getting through it and getting better, so that will stand us in good stead.”