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The Boss: Bruce on Barnsley win, Adomah attitude, Davis display and Kodjia boost

The Boss: Bruce on Barnsley win, Adomah attitude, Davis display and Kodjia boost
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Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following the win at Barnsley.

His views are below in full.

On the victory…

I am delighted with the win because we’ve been threatening it.

We’ve threatened to do that to a few teams.

We had a little bit of luck when we needed it – Albert Adomah’s first goal in particular. 

But we stuck at it and we’ve got a very, very good result from the forward players.

Young Keinan Davis, I thought, was terrific again.

On it being the perfect away performance…

Well, it’s better than getting beaten 3-0, let me tell you, especially with the mass hysteria going around at the moment.

I hope a result like that calms the whole thing down. 

We have the makings of a very decent team and I think the supporters can see that. 

It’s a nice blend of experience and youth.  We will get it right. I keep saying it and I am delighted we are off and running. 

Let’s hope we can take it into next week.

AdomahBruceMainOn Albert Adomah’s double…

I am delighted for Albert because the good thing about him is that he didn’t sulk when I left him out.

He has responded in the right way as if to say ‘don’t you dare leave me out anymore.’

That’s the response you want – that comes with competition.

He’s bounced into it this week and he’s playing next week now too. How can I leave him out after that?

DavisBruceMainOn Keinan Davis…

In adversity – with Kodjia missing and Gabby injured – we turned to a young boy. 

I have been pleased with him. I will make sure we keep his feet on the ground.

He’s an old-fashioned centre-forward. I always associate Aston Villa with a big No.9 and today he led the line fantastically well.

On young players coping with the pressure…


Dealing with Aston Villa is always difficult. 

But we have a nice mixture, a nice blend and what we have to do now is put the results together and put a run together which we are capable of doing.

Let’s hope we can build on this result and go forward.

TerryPostBarnsleyOn defensive resilience…

 I thought it was easily John Terry’s best game.

The whole back four are very, very experienced. There’s a nice blend there too.

Of course a clean sheet will delight the defenders and the goalkeeper.

Today, I wouldn’t have wanted to be a defender against our lot – they were big, strong, athletic, quick and a handful for anyone. 

On Jonathan Kodjia being back in the XI…

It gave everyone a lift.

I knew he wasn’t going to last but we have seen him now for an hour and a half. 

That’s good this week.

On building on the win…

Some need to play in the Carabao Cup.

It’s a platform I have used for the younger ones. 

But others need a game like Tommy Elphick.

We will look at that and we will pick a team that will hopefully win on Tuesday. 

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 16th September 2017