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The Boss: Bruce on Fulham win, Kodjia goal and Blues derby match

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The Boss: Bruce on Fulham win, Kodjia goal and Blues derby match
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Steve Bruce spoke to the media following the 1-0 win over Fulham.

His views are below.

On the victory…

I like the clean sheet – and I am delighted for everyone concerned, especially the players who have had a tough time.

When the supporters get behind them, it’s some roar.

They were delighted with the response in the second half – we went 10 or 15 yards further up the pitch and got after them better.

All credit to all concerned because that’s been a good week.

On sustaining it…

We have everything in place to try our best.

It’s fair to say we can only get better. 

It was good to see the defending for the corner at the end – they defended it like their life depended on it. 

That was good to see.

On getting better…

Of course, I want us to improve. There’s a long way to go.

We were better in the second half – we moved up the pitch.

But Fulham are a good side – they were unbeaten away from home and you can see why.

They didn’t really cause us any problems defensively but they keep the ball in deep areas.

When you do that, the crowd demand you get after it – and in the second half we did that.

On the crowd…

They have done their part, too!

They are desperate for something to shout about – desperate for their team to succeed.

KodjiaGoalMainOn the goal from Jonathan Kodjia…

He has three in a week now – and that was a wonderful finish!

He had a lot to do – but the finish is tremendous.

On goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia…

All of us are happy that the owner has the deep pockets to go and buy somebody like him in the Championship.

He had a wonderful year last season. If he can reignite us and get 20-odd goals then we have a chance of being successful and get where we need to.

He’s had a good week for me and long may that continue.

On the clean sheet…

When you look at it defensively, I can’t really see Pierluigi Gollini having to make too many saves.

There was one in the last minute where he’s tipped it over the bar and then come for the corner.

That will give him and the defence confidence – it’s always good to get a clean sheet.

On the next week…

We have a nice little game next week, don’t we… It should be a nice quiet affair.

I am sure I will be welcomed with open arms!

It’s been a good week and we will look forward to the big match next weekend.

There’s all the hype that surrounds it – great game, great occasion – and let’s look forward to the challenge.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 22nd October 2016