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Bruce on Ipswich clash: We have a resilience about us

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Bruce on Ipswich clash: We have a resilience about us

Steve Bruce believes his side have formed a resilience about them this season.

He says he is pleased with the way his players have reacted to set-backs such as injuries and their form after the international break in particular.

The claret and blues have won back-to-back games on return from the latest break, with key players such as John Terry and Jonathan Kodjia unavailable to the manager.

He said: "We played very well at QPR and the other night we didn't play as well.

"But we found a way to win and that's important too. 

"Sometimes you don't play as well as you'd like but being able to win is a good trait to have.


"Teams go up and down with their form very quickly so it's important that we've found a resilience.

"Defensively, we know what a big difference John Terry made and losing him was a big blow.

"But the reason we brought in Chris Samba was exactly for this situation we find ourselves in.

"That's the beauty of having a squad. I keep saying to them the shirt stays with people if they're playing well.

"Overall I've been delighted with our form, particularly with the injury blows we've had." 

Bruce isn't expecting it things to get any easier, however, as he prepares to welcome another seasoned campaigner, Mick McCarthy, and his Ipswich team to Villa Park.

"We know what to expect from Mick's teams – they've made a very good start.

Mick McCarthy

"He's been there five years or so now and in my opinion he's very underrated. 

"He's a very capable, good manager who's been around the block.

"You always know what you're going to get when you face his sides – they'll be up and at you.

"They'll never give anything up, just like Mick himself. They'll mirror him."

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 25th November 2017