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The Boss: Bruce on epic turnaround, Glenn Whelan, spirit at the club and his message to the fans

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The Boss: Bruce on epic turnaround, Glenn Whelan, spirit at the club and his message to the fans

Steve Bruce spoke to Club TV following our 4-2 triumph at Sheffield United.

His thoughts are in full below.

On a dramatic afternoon at Hillsborough...

I thought it was an excellent game – end-to-end and great for any neutral that came to watch the game today.

We went for broke and were a bit open for my liking in the first half, conceding twice.

We were under the cosh a little bit. So to show the character and run out worthy winners, scoring four times, is testament to what we're about at the moment. 

We're in the melting pot wit 12 games left. Long may it continue.


On the spirit at the club, between players, staff and fans...

I said about a month ago, there's an engagement here that is vital at any football club that's trying to get promoted.

The fans will always support their team, but they want to see the resilience and fight that we've shown a lot of late.

They're enjoying the challenge of what's ahead. To see them in there thousands again here today is remarkable. Well done to all.

On a tough first hour of the game...

It's always going to be. You only need to look at the other results around the division today.

There's no gulf in the Championship – you have to take your chances and approach the game very honestly.

But we were a bit easy to play against. We pride ourselves on our defensive organisation and I thought we were a bit astray with that today.

We'll work on that during the week, but at the top end of the pitch we look much better with Lewis Grabban there.

Without Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah we've got to try and remain forward-thinking. 

A little bit of a change of formation allowed us to do that today. Thankfully it's worked.


On coming through injuries yet again...

We've had Alan Hutton go off today as well as the absent players, but what a replacement in Neil Taylor.

He's waited patiently, as has Glenn Whelan over the last couple of months, too. 

Glenn then goes and gets a goal for the first time since 2011!

It's great for him, and he's going to be crucial with his know-how and experience during the run-in.

On Lewis Grabban...

You can see why we brought him here.

We see it a lot with foreign teams, where they play three up top and don't really have wingers.

They have strikers who can play in wide areas, and we don't have a lot of those in this country.

But certainly Lewis is one of those who can play as a nine or 10, or slightly to the left or right.

He's a goal threat – that's there for everybody to see.


On Robert Snodgrass..

I've said it many times, he's been great for us, like all our loan signings.

He's chirpy and is right on top of his game.

Let's hope there's no more injury or sickness concerns around him, because he's a huge threat at this level.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 24th February 2018