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The Boss: Bruce on Leeds win, Play-Offs, 'best player' Jedinak and Terry fitness

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The Boss: Bruce on Leeds win, Play-Offs, 'best player' Jedinak and Terry fitness

Steve Bruce spoke to the media following Friday night's 1-0 win over Leeds United.

His thoughts are in full below.

On the game itself...

Overall, it was a comfortable victory. I don't remember their goalkeeper making a save. 

We weren't at our fluent best and both teams dropped off the boil a bit in the end.

But we've done enough on the night.


On Lewis Grabban...

Five here in a few months and 17 all season is a terrific return. 

He's a good player who offers a threat in those wide areas as well.

It's important to have his goal threat on the pitch.

For Jonathan Kodjia to get an hour under his belt is probably the most important thing other than the result tonight, too.

We all know how important he could be to us in the next few weeks.

On the run-in...

If we can lose a few games in succession then so can others. It's what the Championship is.

The difficulty for us is that we're looking for two teams to dip. We can't give up hope. 

We've done our bit tonight and put the pressure on.

Can the others do us a favour tomorrow? Fingers crossed.


On the Play-Offs...

We'll look forward to the challenge if that's the way it goes for us. 

They're great games to be involved in. If you can get past the semi-final and have a big day out at Wembley, then there's nothing better.

I've had the fortune of doing it twice through the Play-Offs. If it needs to be, let's hope it's lucky the third time around as well.

On momentum...

It was important after Norwich to try and respond. Words were said after that.

Thankfully we've responded and they agreed that in the Norwich game they didn't do enough.

Whether it was because of fatigue or whatever, we didn't get to the levels we're capable of.


On Jack Grealish coming to the fore at the right time...

Where would we be if we'd been without him all season?

I could say that about the time we've had without Jonathan Kodjia and John Terry, too. We've had to deal with big set-backs and injuries. 

But it's a squad game and I owe a lot to someone like Keinan Davis, who's not been involved for the last four weeks.

It was only six months ago he came in and rattled Norwich and took the heat off me.

I hope Jack still has plenty in the tank. He's certainly got a spring in his step.

On John Terry...

He's still got a sore ankle and wasn't anywhere near making it today.

Now we've got a week until Ipswich, so we'll see.

Having said that, I thought Mile Jedinak was our best player tonight. He was terrific again at centre-back.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 13th April 2018