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The Boss: Bruce on Middlesbrough draw, red cards and Kodjia return

The Boss: Bruce on Middlesbrough draw, red cards and Kodjia return
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Steve Bruce spoke to club TV after the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough.

His views are below.

On the performance…

The lads did everything they possibly could.

You need a response when you play poorly and we have to put those to bed – those poor performances that blight us.

In terms of the response, yes they were down to 10 men after five minutes, but we had plenty of chances.

If there’s a frustration, it happens too often. We relied too much on Jonathan Kodjia last season. 

In the home game against Hull, we missed too many. Even on Saturday, with how poor we were, we had three or four blatant chances. We have to score. 

That keeps hindering us. The frustration for everybody is there for all to see.

On Adama Traore’s sending off…

It’s a red card. It’s a straight red card. 

You can’t leave the floor like that.

Obviously he was excited coming back and wanted to do something.

But it was a stupid challenge and a dangerous challenge.

LansburyMainBoroWebOn Henri Lansbury’s red card…

It was silly and stupid and probably cost us the game – but no way was it a red card.

Cynical? Yes. Trip? Yes. But it wasn’t a red card.

On the response to going down to 10 men…

It became 10 men versus 10 men and then they thought they could win it.

So, for the last 35 minutes, it was an intriguing game.

Both teams went for it – we had the better chances.

There was Snodgrass off the line, Snodgrass hits the bar, Hourihane does everything right and then obviously somehow Hogan gets it over the bar. You couldn’t write it.

KodjiaReturnBoroMainOn Jonathan Kodjia’s return…

I was pleased with him.

Mile’s return can only be good for us too.

I know we have the makings of a very decent team. We will be there or thereabouts. 

We have had a disappointing start. The mass hysteria will not go away because of the club we are. 

But I am convinced we are on the right tracks. I keep saying that. 

There are lots of positives to take from it.

We should have won the game. It was disappointing that we haven’t.

On Andre Green and Josh Onomah..

They both had knocks – at opposite ends of the scale.

Andre has had an operation on the tendon in his hamstring, which is very disappointing.

Josh has a knock, which he got late on Saturday. 

He wasn’t quite 100% but he should be okay for the weekend, hopefully.

HourihanePostBoroMainWebOn the positives…

We were very, very good. 

We just needed to take our chances and that’s the most important thing in the game of football.

As I have said repeatedly, at this level to have 20 attempts on target – with six or seven clear-cut chances, some of them we missed, you wouldn’t think it was possible.

That blights us and stops our way forward at the moment. 

Hopefully it will change, we will create a few chances and put them away – hopefully it’s Saturday. 

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 12th September 2017