Steve Bruce has hit back at his haters with an explosive response to recent criticism – claiming that it’s “insulting” of fans to claim that he has been ‘lucky’ as if late.
This is despite the fact that his team should’ve been bested in both of their last two outings – and only came away with a result due to (you guessed it) a fair share of luck.
We were outthought and outperformed against both Tottenham and Newport, with only penalties sparing the manager’s blushes. But the results aren’t enough for fans anymore, and I can understand why. Large portions of the fan base are growing tired of the un-inspiring football and especially Steve Bruce’s vacuous attacking strategy.
The support for the manager has always been mixed but it’s now reached boiling point, with the Newport performance bringing criticism out in droves. And Bruce has now hit back at said critics…
“Look, I have had noise from the day I walked through the door”
“I don’t mind noise at all as long as it’s balanced. I can take criticism as long as it’s fair.
“I understand we have not played well enough but, for goodness sake, let’s have a little bit of balance to it. If we win tomorrow, then it will be I’m lucky that we win.
“To say that I’m lucky, I just find it a little bit insulting but I’ll keep trying to try and improve us, try and get better and try and make us play better and that will take a bit of time unfortunately because we’re trying to implement change.
“Have I been lucky for 20 years? What do you not understand? I’m going to question you lot – do you not understand what we’re trying to do?
“Can you not explain that to the supporters, what we are trying to do?”
“The style is a concern so all of a sudden we have to think we’re Liverpool, do we?”
“We’ve got four new players now who haven’t played together. I don’t think I’ve played my strongest team but we’ve done OK in terms of not playing well enough but showing a resilience and a bit of something in keeping going.
“I hope that will keep being the case.”
The manager also emphasised that he is in fact attempting to instil some sort of attacking philosophy in the team this season, despite fans claiming that he’s devoid of any action-plan.
“I’ve tried to play one off the front and I’ve done that in six of the seven games this season to try and go away from the back five, defending deep and playing on the counter-attack.
“We had 27 attempts the other day. That is what we’re trying to achieve. That’s what we’re trying to put into place and I would think that would be pretty obvious if you were balanced on it.”
“I grant you that we haven’t been as stylish as we would have liked. We were stylish against Morecambe, we were stylish against West Ham.“
These are some passionate comments by Bruce but it’s hard to sympathise with him when the football is so bad – from the outside it doesn’t look at all like a plan is in place.
Some of his overly defensive responses to fair fan criticism are also alarming, with seeming to have his head in the sand regarding some of the key issues that have been put his way.
Hopefully he can respond in the best way possible and deliver a win and positive performances against Burnley tonight!