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The Boss: Bruce on Terry injury, frustrating result, Jack Grealish and bigger picture

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The Boss: Bruce on Terry injury, frustrating result, Jack Grealish and bigger picture

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following the 2-1 loss against Sheffield Wednesday.

His views are in full below.

On a bad day at the office...

We gave ourselves a mountain to climb, going 2-0 down inside 20 minutes.

You have to say, they were two wonderful goals.

They were both different - one from 30 yards which is smashed into the top corner, and the other a good move by them.

It left us with an uphill battle all game.

We've also picked up injuries.

It was one of those awful afternoons.

All in all, it just didn't happen for us.


On John Terry's injury...

It looks like we've lost John to a broken metatarsal.

How bad is it? We'll have to wait and see.

We should know in the coming hours.

I  also took a gamble on Snoddy, he's played with a fractured rib and has had to come off.

On the little things going against us...

We found it difficult against a good team, who then sat in behind us when 2-0 up.

They sat deep and we lacked that little bit of guile and know-how.

We've gone direct in the last 15 minutes with big Chris Samba.

We got some reward, but it was a bit too late.

On Samba's good showing after Terry came off...

He's an experienced player who's had to wait his turn.

He'll obviously have to step up to the plate now.

It looks as if he's been given an opportunity now with JT being out.

That's exactly why we brought him here.

Grealish return SW

On Jack Grealish's return to the first-team set-up...

It's good to see Jack back.

It was a good through ball he played late in the game.

He showed that bit of guile.

It's great to have him back.

On the bigger picture after first home league loss of the season...

There's only a quarter of the season gone.

We've had a really good run.

It's our first defeat at home since last season.

We've had a bad afternoon - a tough day.

But we take it, move forward and get ready to go again.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 4th November 2017