Steve Bruce has spoken to the press ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial clash with Brighton and once again talks like a man who has his head in the sand.
Here a FOUR odd, untrue and frankly baffling points he went on to make:
- There are “‘six or seven” clubs still in a relegation battle
- Only Man Utd and Chelsea have beaten us in our last 8 games (not true)
- Things have picked up and we’re out of our bad run
- We’ve gone three unbeaten and it’s about an “accumulation of points”…
Point 1 is a poor attempt to gloss over our dire situation and a line he’s been peddling for too long now – let’s face it, Southampton aren’t going down based on their seven point lead and far superior set of fixtures.
Point 2 is straight up lie given one of our last 8 games featured a disastrous defeat to Crystal Palace – a result Bruce has conveniently forgotten about for a few weeks now.
Point 3 is alarming given our ‘improvement’ has still been relegation form – we’ve picked up an average of 0.86 points per game since February and that would equate to 33 points for the season; relegation form.
Point 4 is equally concerning, with our failure to beat Wolves, West Brom and Villa seen as another nail in the coffin by supporters, not an unbeaten run or steady ‘accumulation of points’ while the likes of Fulham and Brighton either close the gap or go above us with well deserved wins.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say:
“We have to accept we are in a relegation scrap and accept where we are.
“We had an awful run and hopefully now that has passed us.
“There’s no doubt we are in a fight of six or seven. I keep saying it’s an accumulation of points.
“We have gone three unbeaten but picked up just three. The quicker you get there the better.
“There are still six or seven games and a quarter of the season.”
“You get a bad run, and ours was December/January. Over the last seven or eight games, only Man United and Chelsea have beaten us.
“Things have picked up. Now we have the back end of it and it’s how many points can we put on the board.”
Some may feel like many of these comments are harmless, but to so many Mags out there it sums up his laziness.
Getting your facts wrong to better your argument is poor – as is suggesting Southampton and Burnley are in the same boat as us when they really aren’t.
This is a man who came away from the West Brom stalemate calling it a “very, very pleasing” point – an approach that would be simply unacceptable tomorrow night.
After all, if we can’t get a win from Wolves, West Brom, Aston Villa and Brighton, how does he see us ‘accumulating points’ from this treacherous run after the international break – fixtures that see us play top 10 sides in six of our next seven:
- Spurs (h)
- Burnley (a)
- West Ham (h)
- Liverpool (a)
- Arsenal (h)
- Leicester (a)
- Man City (h)
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