The Boss: Bruce on Sunderland victory, maintaining momentum, Alan Hutton and targeting nine points from nine

November 21, 2017

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following our 2-1 win over Sunderland.

His views are in full below.

On the win against Sunderland... 

It wasn't all plain sailing, fair play to Sunderland.

We mustn't forget they've got Premier League experience and players who've played at the highest level in their team.

We never thought it was going to be easy but we found a way to win.

We didn't play well at all, we understand that.

But sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and get the job done.

Thankfully, the two little bits of quality we showed for the goals, especially the first one, has seen us get the result we need.

On back-to-back wins...

We've sustained momentum and that's important.

The Championship is like that, it can go up and down very quickly.

We played very well on Saturday and it's a learning curve for the young lads, they struggled a bit tonight but they'll get over that.

They found it tough against experienced players and they'll get better.

On returning to winning ways at home...

It's always important to continue our good home form.

Stacked up over the last 12 months, it's been vitally important.

On the attitude of his side to see the job through...

There's a certain resilience among the squad at the minute and there's players on the bench who are going to be vitally important for us.

I believe they'll play a big part. 

Let's hope they can.

On another fine display from Albert Adomah...

I'm delighted with Albert, he's in great form.

He was a doubt before the game, we thought he had a bit of a calf problem but he wanted to play.

And he scored another goal, which is great.

On Man of the Match Alan Hutton...

Defensively, Alan Hutton has done fantastically well over the last five or six weeks in particular.

He never lets you down. 

He trains properly, works hard and is a true professional.

I'm delighted for him.

On a chance to record nine points from nine against Ipswich Town this weekend...

It's another big chance for us now.

Mick McCarthy's teams are never easy – they're difficult to play against.

They're up and at you from the first whistle.

We'll have to be at our best.