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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on bouncing back, Jack Grealish, home support and Alan Hutton

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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on bouncing back, Jack Grealish, home support and Alan Hutton

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV ahead of the Fulham clash.

His views in full are below.

On responding after a first defeat in nine at Wolves last week...

The good thing about being involved in football is that, although you don't like getting beaten, you have to accept it. It's quite straightforward.

This week, it's been a case of what we've done wrong and can we put it right?

We've got to try and erase last week's defeat – it happens.

We have to accept they were better on the day and we move on to Fulham.

It's what the Championship is – it's another game.

We need a bigger performance, a better performance – Fulham are a good side.

Bruce post-Wolves

On keeping perspective in the race for promotion...

Nobody likes to lose to their local rivals.

The better team won – we accept that.

But the Championship is only just starting, with winter upon us.

There's lots of difficult matches ahead, but the league is only just getting started.

It's all to play for and there's a long way to go.

On what may have been a factor in losing the game at Wolves...

I don't want to make excuses, but our worst two performances of the season have come after the international breaks.

Some have been tired, played two games or been over in Africa.

It was a concern, but what happened last week is behind us.

We're going to have to be at our best tomorrow because Fulham, for me, will be there or thereabouts this season.

They're a are a very decent team, especially away from home.

On Alan Hutton's strong performance at left-back at Molineux...

You can never write off Alan Hutton.

He's been here a long time and he trains every day as if it's his last.

He enjoys his football and is disappointed he's not playing more regularly.

Alan hasn't done anything wrong – I was pleased with his performance last week when playing out of position.

He was arguably our best player.

On the task ahead against Fulham...

It'll be a big challenge – they're one of the better teams in the division.

Over the last 18 months to two years they've assembled a group of players who are very good.

They play on the counter attack, they've got pace in good areas – they're a strong team.

If we allow them to play they'll prove they're a very decent side.

On the Cottagers' late goalscoring antics...

We've watched the video of them against Preston, and Preston were very unlucky.

They've scored four times in the last five minutes in the last month.

We'll be guarding against that.


On Jack Grealish's long-awaited return to a football pitch...

We're going to have to box clever with him.

He's been out a long time but it's good to see him on the pitch.

He's been out all season – three months or so.

It's nice to see him training – he got an hour under his belt this week, too.

He'll take part again on Monday, probably along with Henri Lansbury.

On another strong gate at Villa Park tomorrow...

It's quite remarkable when we get 32,000 at home for Bolton who, with respect, are bottom of the league.

I've said it many, many times – the support for the club and the team is remarkable.

It's a given really – there'll be a big crowd again tomorrow and it's up to us to give them something to shout about.

Hopefully a result will take us into the top six – where we want to be.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 20th October 2017