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The Boss: Bruce on Derby win, Chester, Bacuna, Johnstone and Hourihane

Match report: Aston Villa 1-0 Derby County Picture gallery: Chester goal + celebration in images
The Boss: Bruce on Derby win, Chester, Bacuna, Johnstone and Hourihane
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Manager Steve Bruce spoke to the press following the 1-0 win over Derby County.

His views in full are below.

On the win…

It’s relief for everyone concerned.

It was always going to be something like that to get us up and running again. It’s been a long time.

Some of the stuff we have had to take has been fair but some has been a bit unjust.

But we have got a result – that’s all that matters in times like these.

Thankfully, the lads showed a bit of something to get the result.

Derby had some decent possession but didn’t have a shot on goal until late on.

We defended well, worked hard and had one or two opportunities to make it 2-0.

On the penalty appeal by Darren Bent…

I think it could have been.

From where I was, I was thinking it could have been given – but I haven’t seen the replay.

Sometimes you get the breaks. We haven’t had many of them over the past few weeks.

On luck…

We needed something to change.

I was having a bite to eat with my daughter last night and the waiter dropped a pint of blackcurrant and lemonade all over her.

She was head to toe in it and I thought ‘the luck is still not going our way’.

But I will pour a pint of blackcurrant and lemonade over her next time! 

I will tip it right over her head – whatever it takes, it’s changed the luck!

ChesterGoalCelebMainOn James Chester’s performance…

He was terrific – that was more like James Chester.

I have had the privilege of managing him before.

He’s had it tough these past few weeks but he was brilliant today and put in a real captain’s performance.

He scored a goal too – that’s a rarity in itself.

On Sam Johnstone’s clean sheet…

It will do the goalkeeper the world of good.

I think he’s an exceptionally good young goalkeeper.

He’s come in at a difficult time. I was pleased for him too.

He works tirelessly – he works and works and works.

It was good to see him make the save – it was their only real effort.

BacunaDerbyMainOn Leandro Bacuna…

I thought he was excellent in the match – but he’s overstepped the mark and done something stupid.

He has made a mistake. The linesman got the decision horribly wrong. There’s a huge frustration but he overstepped the mark and he knows that.

He now misses some games which is sad – and a big hefty fine from me. So he will be a miserable lad for the next couple of weeks.

Overall, he was brilliant on the pitch. He reminded me what a good player he is.

I thought he was arguably our best player so it was a shame he spoiled it in the heat of the moment.

On having something to build on…

This is where we are at the moment.

I am really privileged to have the job. I have waited  20 years for it. 

I will, given time, get it right. I have done it at every club I have been at and I will do it here. We are nowhere near it at the moment. 

But we will keep working hard and keep improving.

The backing I have received off the chairman and chief executive has been terrific.

On Conor Hourihane’s absence…

Conor got a deadleg off Leandro on Friday.

Both went for a header and Leandro smashed into his thigh.

He smashed Conor so he got into the team.

Conor could be available for Tuesday, though.

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AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 25th February 2017