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The Boss: Bruce on Bolton triumph, winning mentality, a solid September and fantastic Villa Park atmosphere

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The Boss: Bruce on Bolton triumph, winning mentality, a solid September and fantastic Villa Park atmosphere

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following the 1-0 win over Bolton.

His full views are below in full. 

On getting the three points...

Sometimes you get teams coming and playing total football, and then you get the opposite.

Bolton are a team that are struggling and they asked us a few questions in difficult conditions.

We've done enough in the game to win it – it wasn't pretty to watch but we deserved it.

On the winning mentality within the squad...

I hope it continues.

It's given us a nice platform and it'll be nice to have a break now.

We've got a big job on our hands over the next month – some mouth-watering games.

It's all to play for. 

On Christopher Samba's contribution...

An equaliser would have been unjust and I knew they were going to throw some of the big guys in the box.

I needed somebody to help us head it out and big Chris helped defend our goal with his life.

It's what he's there for.

On Neil Taylor's red card...

I thought it was harsh.

I don't think it was a red card.

I thought it was a yellow card and a foul but that was it.

Kodjia Bolton

On a strong September for the club...

We needed it – we've given ourselves a good platform.

It's a long, difficult winter ahead. 

After the awful start we had, we've started to show some resilience.

We can still play better – we were excellent the other night against Burton.

We didn't live up to that today but we did enough to win the game.

On our promotion-winning form...

That's the standard we need to be at.

We've had a good second phase of the season so far, but there's still a long way to go.

I just hope we come back alright from the international break because we didn't last time.

A lot of them were tired – it gets to them physically and emotionally, especially the younger ones.

Hopefully they all come back fit, fresh and ready to go.

On Wolves away next time out...

They've had a wonderful start and invested heavily in their team.

It'll be a cracking game. 

On the fantastic atmosphere around Villa Park against Bolton...

I would personally like to thank every single one of the fans.

There's been a lot of nonsense but the supporters who turn up in our stadium every week have been nothing but supportive.

Of course there's been difficult times, but they can see this means something to all of us.

They've been terrific. 

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 2nd October 2017