Bruce was asked if he would pay - either through the turnstile or to view via TV - to watch the struggling Magpies.
Bruce, speaking in his Press conference before the Arsenal game, replied: "As a fan? Always.
"As a fan I understand it, I could say we have had our most exciting player missing for weeks.
"It's a fair criticism because the last game, in particular, was awful.
"If I was a supporter I'd feel the same way.
"But if you are in the bottom half you have to be a bit pragmatic, every manager would say the one thing they need to give themselves a chance by keeping a clean sheet."