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The Boss: Bruce on end of winning streak, Preston and Grealish/Adomah injury timescales

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The Boss: Bruce on end of winning streak, Preston and Grealish/Adomah injury timescales

Steve Bruce spoke to Club TV following our first defeat in eight Sky Bet Championship matches at Fulham on Saturday.

His thoughts are in full below.

On the loss at Craven Cottage...

I think today was always going to be about who could get the first goal. Unfortunately we didn't. 

We had a few good chances in the first half but we weren't clinical enough.

We were dealt a blow before the game with injuries to Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah. 

Over the last four or five weeks they've been the ones who've given us that cutting edge and penetration.

But as I said, I always thought it was going to be a case of who scored that first one.

They got it, and the second one is a mistake – it hasn't come off for Sam Johnstone. We got punished there.


On what went against us in the game...

It was mainly the first goal, but when you open up and chase the game they also have the quality to hurt you. They've got great pace in wide areas. 

They've got a good side. I said at the start Fulham will be there or thereabouts.

They've gone on a good run too and are in the mix. It's all to play for.

On putting aside of our toughest games of the season...

In the Championship you get dealt lots of different challenges.

Today we've been beaten by a really good football team who've got great pace in wide areas and base their game on possession.

We're going to get another one on Tuesday against a different kind of side, who also got a good result today.


On what has still been a great few months...

We've done fantastically well over the last few months and the players deserve great credit. 

They've got us in a wonderful position. We didn't play well enough today to win the match. 

But we get ready to go again on Tuesday.

On facing Preston North End in midweek...

They've only lost six games all season. 

Add to that they've just gone and got a result at Wolves today.

It'll be a tough one.


On Ahmed Elmohamady's injury...

He's gone for a header and twisted his back by the look of it.

We're not sure how long he'll be out yet but he looks very saw at the moment.

We'll have to see how he is over the next few days.

On the chances of Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah making the Preston game...

With Jack, it's a case of wait and see.

I don't think so with Albert – it's still too soon.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 17th February 2018