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The Boss: Bruce on important win, JT's first goal, Adomah magic and derby week

Match report: Villa 2-1 Fulham AVTV Live: Audio commentary available for Blues v Villa
The Boss: Bruce on important win, JT's first goal, Adomah magic and derby week

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following our 2-1 triumph over Fulham.

His full views are below in full.

On the victory over Fulham...

It was an important win.

We played well in the first half in particular. 

We conceded at a dreadful time and had to hang on a bit in the end and defend.

But overall I thought it was a pleasing performance because they're a good side Fulham - they'll be there or thereabouts is my prediction.

They were a good side, who did well last year and invested again in the summer.

They've got good pace in wide areas and are a threat for any team.

On the response from the players after last week...

I got what I wanted from the very first minute.

I was disappointed how we performed last week and you always look for a response - they did it in the right way.

It was also crucial that we responded after half-time because we gave a goal away.

Anybody will tell you it's the worst feeling when you've played really well.

The first mistakes we've made in the game were punished.

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On moving into the top six of the Championship...

It's important for our club - that's for sure.

It's where this club has to be.

It's taken a bit of time to get there but we're determined now to keep going.

We're still improving and have a bit to do, but we've given ourselves a chance.

We've given ourselves a good footing for the winter ahead - they're tough games.

For me, it all changes in the Championship over the next few months.

It becomes physical, attritional and tests you to the limit - it's all to play for.

On John Terry's first goal for the club...

The fans can still appreciate what a very good player he is.

We all wish he was 26 and playing for us for the next 10 years.

But his overall attitude and leadership skills is there for everybody to see.

His humility, also, if the young ones can look at him and say 'that's what I need to do to get there' then great.

He's a fine leader in that respect.

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On Albert Adomah's man-of-the-match display...

It's the best I've seen him play since I've been at the club.

He was a threat all day, he ran a million miles and scored the winner - I'm delighted for him.

I said weeks ago, he could have knocked on my door and said 'what's going on' but he trained every day as if it was his last.

He's got a real spring in his step, he's enjoying playing on the left and coming inside on his right foot. 

He's now got a few goals too.

On Josh Onomah's impact...

For a 20-year-old he's a very, very, good player.

I just sensed Keinan Davis was a bit off the pace, because he's played nine or 10 games as Aston Villa's centre forward.

He needed a rest today and Josh came in and gave us that youthful energy.

On the big derby next week...

It's a huge week, it always is.

Let's prepare right and get ready for a different sort of challenge from today.

They'll be physical, in our face and up and at us.

We've got to get ready for another challenge of the Championship - different styles.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 21st October 2017