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The Boss: Bruce on Ipswich draw, the man advantage, Kodjia resurgence and Villa Park double

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The Boss: Bruce on Ipswich draw, the man advantage, Kodjia resurgence and Villa Park double

Steve Bruce spoke to Club TV following the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.

His thoughts are in full below.


On the game...

We're all a little bit disappointed. We're playing against 10 men and found it more difficult than we did against 11.

There's a frustration, but for 35 minutes in that game I thought it's the best we've looked all season.

We've take the lead and just at the wrong time, unfortunately, have gifted them a goal.

We have to eradicate these individual errors. It's difficult to accept and it's frustrating we've not gone on to win.

We've had enough chances and our keeper has made some good saves.

We dust ourselves down and get ready to go again.


On the difficulty against 10 men...

It's frustrating, especially as we've had one or two glorious chances.

The one where Jack Grealish shifted it out of his feet and could have shot was one.

They're chances and we didn't take them.

But overall we've had a decent start and we'll look forward to Wednesday.

On the second yellow card for Ipswich...

At the time I did think it was a yellow card.

I'll have another look later on and see.

But in hindsight I wish the referee had left him on because it was more of a match before it happened.

We found it difficult when they went deep and frustrated us. We'll learn from it.


On Jonathan Kodjia...

It's the best I've seen him.

We've been patient with him and he looked like that threat again. 

We hope he can give us the goals he did a few seasons ago because we all know when he's fit and firing he's a great player.

A goal for a striker does them the world of good, and it's a great ball in from John McGinn, too.

It's a quality goal and it's a shame that same quality didn't shine through in the second half.

On John McGinn...

I was delighted with him again. He's had a wonderful week with us.

It was a great ball for the goal and very quickly he's become very popular.


On an unbeaten start ahead of a Villa Park double...

It's been a good start.

We now need to be at our best against what is always a good Brentford side. 

They've been strong for a few years now.

It'll be nice to play against them and see what we've got.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 18th August 2018