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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on Kodjia return, Johnstone form and Lansbury decision

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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on Kodjia return, Johnstone form and Lansbury decision
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Boss Steve Bruce spoke to the media on the eve of the Barnsley away clash.

His views in full are below.

On the past few days…

We are disappointed we didn’t win. 

We had enough chances to win the game. And, as I have said repeatedly since I’ve been here, our achilles heel is not converting those chances. 

Frustration then sets in for everybody concerned. 

But certainly the other night, the performance of the team was excellent. We can take a lot of positives out of it. We are just disappointed we didn’t win. 

We have to convert the draws we’re getting into wins if we can.

We believe we are nearly there. I know for a fact that at the end of it, we will be there or thereabouts. Steve Bruce
On being nearly there…

I hope so. We believe we are nearly there. 

I know for a fact that at the end of it, we will be there or thereabouts. 

At the moment, we have had a difficult start in terms of points taken. 

And, of course, when that happens you leave yourself open. 

We just have to get on with what we are doing. We aren’t too far short. 

Hopefully we can change it over the course of the next two weeks.

On one win sparking a good run of results…

I hope so. That’s what we hope. You hope you can kick it off. 

Amongst it all, we’re unbeaten in five. But we haven’t won enough. 

We aren’t too far short. But seven points from seven games isn’t a big enough tally. 

It’s very early still. There are still 40 games to play – and a lot to play for. 

It’s been a frustrating start for everybody but we must win a couple of games to keep away the mass hysteria, which unfortunately engulfs the club very, very quickly.

On Jonathan Kodjia being available again…

Your centre-forward, who the club have invested a lot of money in, will obviously be a miss. 

Goalscorers cost the most because they are a rare breed. 

It’s good to have him back.

KodjiaPostBoroMainOn being patient with Jonathan Kodjia…

You always have to be wary. It’s always the difficulty. 

At the end of the day, he’s had a fractured ankle. 

But in training he looks well. He doesn’t look like he’s carrying anything. He’s a naturally fit boy, which obviously helps. 

Of course you’re worried but, then again, it’s a fracture which has healed. 

We think he’s right and we welcome him back.

JohnstoneBlogservationsMainWebOn Sam Johnstone…

He’s had a terrific start to the season. 

He ended up towards the back end of the season proving what a very, very good goalkeeper he is. 

We have been delighted with Sam. He’s got on with his job very quietly. 

He needed to play. The more games he’s got the better he’s become. 

Certainly against Brentford, he saved the game for us.

LansburyMainBoroWebOn Henri Lansbury dismissal being overturned…

I am pleased but, for me, it was a poor decision. 

Thankfully justice has been done. 

But it still doesn’t gloss over the fact that we had a wonderful advantage and there were still 35 minutes to play when he got sent off. 

But I am glad common sense has prevailed. 

On injuries…

The big concern at the moment is Neil Taylor. He has eight stitches in his shin. We will see how he is. That’s the biggest one.

Jack Grealish is still a while away. Josh Onomah, we think, is going to be okay for tomorrow. 

Mile Jedinak is a bit sore, which is a bit of a concern if I’m being honest. His groin was a bit sore and that’s why we took him off against Middlesbrough.

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By @AVFCOfficial 15th September 2017