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The Boss: Bruce on Forest loss, Hogan debut, new system and turning things around

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The Boss: Bruce on Forest loss, Hogan debut, new system and turning things around

Steve Bruce spoke to the press after the 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

His views in full are below.

On his overall feelings…

Every mistake we’re making at the moment, we’re punished.

Their goalkeeper has won man of the match.

We’ve unfortunately come away with nothing which is cruel on us.

GrealishPostForestMainOn the red card…

The first one for me, there’s a defiance in kicking the ball away, but he’s passed it to one of their centre-halves.

I will have to have a look at it again to decide whether it is petulance, I’m not so sure.

Once he had already got a yellow card, he didn’t need to make that challenge where it was.

For me, the referee couldn’t wait to send him off.

There was a challenge on Jonathan Kodjia towards the end where he was pulled back and there was no yellow card. 

I’ll have to have a look at it but it certainly changed the game in their way.

On his new system…

We’ve only tried it for two days so we’ll work at it and it will get better. 

There’s things we have got to improve on.

Up until they scored, our goalkeeper hasn’t really had a save to make and, once again, we’ve been punished.

Sometimes it’s cruel. When you’re in a run like this, everything seems to be going against you.

We were in on Wednesday to work on it, we will get better.

It’s a system I’ve used before and one I quite enjoy.

I think with what we’ve got up front now it will work.

Up until half-time they haven’t really bothered our goal and we made a mistake at the wrong time.

We’ve made a mistake in the sending off.

HoganForestAwayMain2On the positive signs…

To lose in the last minute we go away and feel harshly done by.

But I thought we were a threat on the counter-attack with the pace of Scott Hogan.

I thought he had a smashing debut and it was a great save by their goalkeeper to deny him a debut goal.

Overall I’m distraught for everybody, but at least we took part in the game.

On what next…

They’ve got to stay with it, stick at it.

It’s tough at the moment and this is where we earn our money.

We were much better today compared to four days ago.

We’ve got six new players in the squad so it’s up to me now to work with them and turn it around.

We need to put some back to back wins together which will take us where we want to be.

On the goalkeeping error for the first goal…

He’s a young goalkeeper and he’s obviously disappointed - of course he will be.

That’s the makings of a young goalkeeper. 

All of us have got to bounce back from it and see if we can turn things around.

KodjiaPostForestMainOn things going against the team…

When you get beat with a goal like that - it’s offside.

The ball is played into our penalty box and he’s standing two yards offside.

We’re fighting for it, second phase the ball falls to him, what’s all that about?

Yes I feel harshly done by today. But at least we took part in the game and, with a bit of luck, we could have won three or four here tonight.

We have to stay with it. We’re close.

We’ve had two or three wonderful chances - Tommy Elphick header, Elphick again, the header at the back post, Bree’s chance, everywhere I look!

Their goalkeeper has won man-of-the-match so that sums it up.


AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 4th February 2017