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The Boss: Bruce on Carabao Cup progress, O’Hare energy, Young Lions and Steer display

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The Boss: Bruce on Carabao Cup progress, O’Hare energy, Young Lions and Steer display
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Steve Bruce spoke to the media following the 2-1 win at Colchester United.

His views are below.

On the win…

We’re through and that’s all it’s about in a cup tie.

We took a big gamble on some lads who haven’t played in a long while. I thought it was an ideal opportunity for them.

Then there was the sprinkling of youngsters. 

Overall I am delighted we got through.

HourihanePostColchesterMainWebOn the conditions…

I can’t remember a game being played in conditions like that.

I don’t know how we’re going to get home – maybe a ferry! 

I haven’t seen continuous rain like that for a while. It was quite incredible.

On qualities needed in those conditions…

We got stuck in and rolled our sleeves up.

I was delighted we got through and that’s all that matters in a cup tie.

HoganPostColchesterMainWebOn Scott Hogan’s goal…

That’s the reason I have put him in tonight – to see him score a goal.

Strikers are all about confidence. 

He could have had two or three on another night.

But, yes, that was a positive.

OHarePostColchesterMainWebOn Callum O’Hare…

There’s nothing like a bit of youth out there on the pitch.

We will have to rely on it. We are not in the position to be able to go out and spend millions and millions and millions again.

It’s important that the lifeblood of the club is in good hands.

There were a few involved today. 

Callum got the nod to start. He played very, very well. I was delighted for him.

On Jed Steer performance…

He ruptured his achilles in my first week.

It’s been a long road back. He has worked tirelessly – hour after hour to get himself back.

I am delighted he has shown what a good goalkeeper he is.

On seeing so many Young Lions on at the end…

I think that's why the fans stood and applauded them because it wasn’t a great performance, don’t get me wrong.

They have applauded because they are the lifeblood here.

I am pleased with what I am seeing from them.

On Cardiff away next up…

It will be tough there. We know that.

We have to show the same resilience as what we have shown tonight.

We want to go and get another result.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 9th August 2017