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The Boss: Bruce on Watford draw, Terry class, Whelan display, Grealish injury and Baker departure

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The Boss: Bruce on Watford draw, Terry class, Whelan display, Grealish injury and Baker departure

Steve Bruce spoke to the media following the 0-0 draw with Watford.

His views are below.

On the result and performance…

I thought it was okay. 

It’s always difficult playing against a Premier League team. But I thought we acquitted ourselves well. 

The difference is taking the chances when they come along. We missed two glaring ones. 

That’s something we have to improve on if we want to get to where we want to be. 

It’s been our achilles heel since I have been here – not scoring as many as we should do. 

However, there were lots of pleasing signs. 

I think our new signings will help us enormously with their experience. 

On the penalty…

Henri Lansbury had scored three out of three. 

The goalkeeper has made a good save. He should maybe be a bit disappointed in that it’s a good height for the goalkeeper. 

However, next week, let's hope he gets one and sticks it away.

TerryWatfordMainWebOn John Terry…

For me, John Terry is the signing of the summer. 

It’s not often you can persuade someone like him. 

That just proves what a football club we have here. 

It’s reminded people we are a big, big club and we are trying to go in the right direction. 

GrealishWatfordMainWebOn Jack Grealish injury…

He’s gone to hospital. He’s not great. We don’t know. 

He’s very, very sore. We will know more in the next 24 hours.

It’s in and around his ribcage. Has he damaged his ribs? We don’t know yet. 

We will wait to see how he is.

On being ready for the season…

Sometimes pre-season can give you a false sense of security because they are friendly games.

I liked the balance of us. In areas today, we looked very, very decent.

I think the lads we have brought in will certainly improve us.

We are as ready as we can be. The proof will be in the pudding next week.

KodjiaWatfordMainWebOn Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak…

They are still a little bit away – but not a country mile away.

They were arguably our best two players last season.

We have been without them all pre-season which is always difficult.

We will welcome them back into the squad when they are ready.

Kodjia has had a serious one so we will have to be careful with him and box clever. He’s on the road to recovery.

They will be weeks rather than months.

On Nathan Baker’s departure…

I never thought I’d be selling Nathan Baker and then, all of a sudden, it’s rolled into a transfer within a week. It made sense for everybody. 

I want to wish him the best of luck. He’s done very well for the club.

I was in a situation where he isn’t going to play every week. When you get to your mid-20s like Nathan, he wanted to play. 

I couldn’t offer him that. We certainly wish him the best of luck.

WhelanPostWatfordMainWebOn Glenn Whelan’s performance…

I thought he was terrific.

He does exactly what it says on the tin. 

He’s a good competitor, good passer, really good energy for his age.

He’s been in the Premier League and he does everything well.



AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 29th July 2017