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The Boss: Bruce on Brentford defeat, turning around our form, Adomah injury and Boxing Day support

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The Boss: Bruce on Brentford defeat, turning around our form, Adomah injury and Boxing Day support

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following the 2-1 loss at Brentford.

His views are in full below.

On a tough night at the office...

It was a tough night – really, really tough. 

We just didn't do enough.

We simply didn't do enough with or without the ball.

With our club, there's an expectation. That's why the cameras are here and we have to hit a certain level of performance.

Unfortunately tonight, we didn't get anywhere near where we needed to be performance wise.

On Josh Onomah briefly pulling us back into the game...

It was brief and we can flannel it as much as we want, but we've got to be disappointed.

I'm certainly disappointed with the level of performance. 

I thought those kind of displays had left us, but unfortunately they've crept back in over the last couple of weeks.


On what needs to be done to overcome this dip in form...

We certainly need to get the basics right.

And the basics are in a game of football to not make any mistakes. They keep costing us.

In the last few weeks we've conceded twice every time and left ourselves needing to score three goals.

That's difficult to do in the Championship, so we need to get those basics right again.

Hopefully then it will start to turn around.

On Middlesbrough next up...

Middlesbrough, Bristol City – they're both going to be tough.

That's what the Championship is. Let's see what we've got on Saturday.


On Albert Adomah's injury...

There's no timescales yet, all we know is that he's got a knock to his hip.

We're not sure how long it's going to be.

On the thousands of travelling fans on a rainy night in the capital...

I don't know how many times I've said it, but they're a remarkable bunch.

They're rightly disappointed tonight, and no more than myself.

We haven't given them anything to shout about. That can't be right.

We'll try and amend that on Saturday.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 26th December 2017