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The Boss: Bruce on Wigan win, run-in ambitions and Hogan goal

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The Boss: Bruce on Wigan win, run-in ambitions and Hogan goal
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Steve Bruce spoke to the media following a 2-0 victory away at Wigan.

His views in full are below.

On the win…

I didn’t think it was going to be anything but hard-fought.

I have known Wigan well over the years. They are always totally committed.

They have had a change of manager, a change of formation and it was a horrible afternoon weather-wise.

I thought the supporters played their part. They took us over the line. They were terrific all afternoon.

To see close to 5,000 here was quite incredible. 

We didn’t play well at all. We know we have to play better. 

But there’s a resilience running through the team. All credit to them.

HoganGoalWebsiteMainOn Scott Hogan…

It was great to see him get on the goalscoring chart. He’s up and running now.

That’s what goalscorers want and it will be great for his confidence.

He’s moved here for a big fee, we know that – and then he gets injured.

We saw his value straight away when he came on – he stretched them with his pace. 

And, of course, he’s got that knack of scoring a goal. 

That will do him the world of good – onwards and upwards now.

On Lansbury and Grealish returning…

I must say all-credit to the ones who have been in and kept going. We were down to the bare bones.

We haven’t moaned about it. We have just got on with it.

Some of the lads have really dug deep to make sure we have had a decent run.

We are all kicking ourselves now thinking what might have been had we had a poor January instead of a horrible one.

On the international break..

Obviously we have a few going away so we hoped they come back unscathed. 

That’s what we are looking for more than anything – the ones who go away come back in good condition.

On the good form…

Slowly but surely, we are seeing seeds of recovery.

It’s obviously come too late but we won’t ever give it up. You never know

We are in the top half now. Can we now set our sights in getting into that top 10 and then see if a few teams fall to bits.

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By @AVFCOfficial 18th March 2017