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Bruce On Pathetic Reading Performance

Bruce On Pathetic Reading Performance

Another game, another loss another and another embarrassing and shoddy performance from so called Aston Villa stars.

Over to Steve Bruce and his post game press conference as covered by the Official Site.

'Of course we are disappointed with the result. In the game itself, the first goal of the game, which is always a defining moment in any match, we can feel harshly done-by. It was a horrible deflection, looped in over the top and went in off the post - then you`re 1-0 down and we haven`t really seen that coming. We have come here, with the way they play with really good possession, and unfortunately we have had a big chance in the first five minutes and not been able to take it. That`s happened in our opening three games of the season - and every mistake has been punished.'

He went on to add.

'So we are disappointed but we are where we are - we have to accept it. We had the hype and now it`s doom and gloom. We have to stay with it. There`s a long way to go. Newcastle lost their opening two games last season and went on to be successful. So we have to turn it around and turn it around quickly.'

Having referenced Andre Green's early chance as he raced through on the keeper, Bruce went on to say.

'They are big chances and we have probably missed seven one-on-ones so far. When you come away from home too, they are vital. We have had some really good chances late on as well. But unfortunately we haven`t been able to take them and that always put you under a little bit of pressure. Yes they have had decent possession but they`ve never really troubled our goalkeeper.'

With changes made to the starting line up, he went on to say.

'It was good to see Ritchie De Laet back out there on the pitch. He`s been out for about 11 months. He`s done everything in pre-season and I thought he was ready for the game. I thought he did okay. But whoever came in, we lost - and we have to accept that. We have to move on and hopefully get a better result on Saturday.'

With the next game back at Villa Park.

'Our home form last season was decent. Whoever we had it`s going to be a tough and big game because unfortunately we have got off to a poor start in terms of results. But I have seen enough tonight. We could have gone under but we didn`t. We showed a bit of fight and a bit of determination to get back into the game - and nearly managed it. We need to take the chances. We need to be more clinical and better in the final third.'

As for an injury update, Bruce went on to say.

'Elmo has 30 stitches in his lip so we will see how he is. I would think big Mile will be the week after but we will see how he is. Let`s not forget we are without arguably our best two players of last season - Jedinak and Kodjia. At the moment we need them and we need them back fit. We haven`t got them at the moment so we will have to battle on as best we can.'

And Scott Hogan who limped off.

'I think he`s tweaked his ankle. I think he`s got a problem with his ankle again. It`s disappointing.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday August 16 2017
Time: 3:37PM


so mostly what he said was....blah blah blah...excuses excuses...blah blah......Not a team without Kodjia......and let me distract you from the pathetic tactics i used with some stuff about injured players so I can use them as an excuse next game we lose. I'm almost shocked he didn't drone on about how fabulous Gabby was when he came on and try and completely BS his way out of any blame for a completely inept performance.
16/08/2017 16:03:00
I was at the game last night. They clearly set out not to lose, yet played 442. Away from home, we should be playing 451, especially as we can't command the midfield against any opposition. And from what I saw last night the midfield ran around as if it was a training game where tackles were not allowed. They raced up to opposing player then jogged around them until the ball was passed on to another opposing player. An attempt to win the ball back did not seem to occur to them half the time. Another observation is, when we have the ball there isn't another team mate in easy passing distance. Even at throw-ins teammates stand so far away it's as if they don't want the ball. Everyone looking to someone else to take the lead. I think the squad is good enough, when all fit, to mount a challenge this season but Bruce has to change the 'jog around the training pitch' mentality. I'm also surprised Terry doesn't boss them around more, like he did at Chelsea. Way too quiet so far, though he can still play. Hopefully a 352 [with Samba on the pitch] or 451 for Norwich. Either way, we have to start winning the midfield or forever be under the cosh regardless of opposition. Here's hoping for a massive upturn in results and this crappy start will be soon forgotten. UTV
Mike Turner
16/08/2017 16:38:00
pity its not him thats had 30 stitches in his mouth, we wouldn't have to listen to his excuses.
AV Dave
16/08/2017 17:43:00
Dear Bruce, I don't want to be too critical of your well thought out excuse, but if I may comment, you mention you are half way through your rebuild so you need more time, but you lament on the loss of 2 key players (Kodjia, Jedinak) who you didn't sign. You also say our frontline is "toothless" yet you told me Gabby will be the best striker in the league once he completed fat camp. You also paid £15m for a one season no name wonder and most of your other signings sit on the bench. You knew we would be faced with FFP restrictions this season but in January you virtually bought a new team comprising of like minded players to what we already had. And now you are bemoaning there is no money to spend - as if nobody told you of the FFP problems. Shock Horror! My apologies Bruce, but I am a little confused. If you have already implemented half of your master plan( which involves having 4RB options, sell 2 LBs, replace an academy player for 2, 30+ CBs and then buy more midfielders than you know what to do with) then I am finding it hard to work out what the other half entails? (Bruce I am quivering with excitement!!!)
marlin magic
16/08/2017 21:04:00
Totally agree with everything you Merlin Magic, it explains why we only had 33% of the play.
16/08/2017 22:05:00
with the players we have, to set up just not to lose is disgraceful. GO FOR IT
The Fear
17/08/2017 13:38:00
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