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The Boss: Bruce on QPR loss, Championship intensity, top two chase and Bolton clash

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The Boss: Bruce on QPR loss, Championship intensity, top two chase and Bolton clash

Manager Steve Bruce spoke to Club TV following the 1-3 defeat to QPR.

His thoughts in full are below.

On the defeat…

It was a tough evening.

We didn’t get going, right from the first minute, which was disappointing. 

In the back of my mind was ‘after the lord mayor’s show’. How often have we seen it? 

It was a tough evening. We didn’t get going, right from the first minute, which was disappointing. Steve Bruce
I was toying with the idea of freshening us up to give us fresh legs and fresh energy, right from Saturday night.

I decided against it. In hindsight, my experience should have told me with three games in six days, especially with what happened at the weekend, to bring in fresh legs.

Unfortunately, that might have been the way forward.

On the flow of the game…

We train every day. But the big thing is the intensity to win a game in the Championship. 

I thought we were flat tonight. We needed to bounce out of the traps from the first whistle and we didn’t. 

It became more and more difficult. 

QPR scored and it became a tough evening.

We chased and never gave up. It would have been interesting had it been 1-2. 

But the third goal was awful to give away. That’s something out of the dark ages that I thought we had eradicated.

Concentration levels dip and it makes for a difficult evening.

GrealishPostQPROn finding a decisive goal when 0-2 down…

Jack Grealish had a wonderful chance before half-time.

Maybe if that had gone in, it would have rallied us and given us the spark that we were looking for.

But, all in all, we have to take it on the chin and move forward.

There’s still a lot to play for. We are all disappointed tonight because of what happened at the weekend.

But one thing we have to do is bounce back from it. It’s only our second defeat all season at home. 

Let’s look forward to the weekend.

There’s still a long way to go. We threw it wide open on Saturday but unfortunately we have damaged ourselves tonight. But there are 27 points to play for – that’s huge. Steve Bruce
On ending the season with a bang…

We have to recover and accept that you get beaten. It’s part and parcel of football.

In football, there’s always the chance to put a defeat behind you too.

We will dust ourselves down and get ready for the weekend. 

On chasing down the top two…

There’s still a long way to go. 

We threw it wide open on Saturday but unfortunately we have damaged ourselves tonight.

But there are 27 points to play for – that’s huge.

It’s who can string a run together. Can we go on another run now when it’s most important.

On potential of Hutton, Tuanzebe or Whelan being available on Saturday…

I wouldn’t have thought so. 

We’re looking after the international break before they’re ready. 

On Taylor being withdrawn...

He had a sore groin. We will see how he is but he was very, very sore at half-time.


Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 13th March 2018