Bruce In, Bruce In, Shake It All and Win?

Posted on October 30, 2006 
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Another article by Russell Dempsey.

The tide has turned, as I type. Steve Bruce seems more popular than the vestal virgins household on ‘get it free’ day. I’ve been sat firmly in the Bruce In camp for so long, yet felt obliged to waver towards the Bruce Out campfire when it appeared to be a little warmer. However, the shock that’s been felt now Birmingham have won three in a row for what feels like the first time this decade has managed to cheer most Bluenoses up. I’m happy to accept that this is a temporary respite for Steve Bruce, and he still has some way to go to bring everyone around. Some fans will never be happy, and I’m afraid Steve Bruce has to accept this for the fact he managed the team when we were last relegated. I’d suggest we’ll have to survive next year in the Prem under him before those fans came back to the ‘light side’. I don’t think he deserved the darker days of criticism, but I don’t feel like he deserves instant forgiveness now. In the same way as Bluenoses the world round celebrated us beating Villa in our first season in the Prem, we’re all bathing in the rapturous joy of a derby victory. With Coventry coming up, can we do a double-Derby? Triple if you include Derby by virtue of missing out the Carling Cup fixture. I truly feel the squad should come out flying now. The gelling time is truly over, and we should have no problems with confidence.

That leads me to Mikael Forssell. I can’t help but think his confidence is so shot he needs to go in the reserves NOW, or at very least go out on loan somewhere. Otherwise, why did we buy the lad?? He needs to score, to regain confidence. Otherwise, he’ll be called upon to step in if Bendtner’s injured, or someone’s suspended, and he’ll be the same ‘goal-less’ Forssell as he has been since he missed THAT penalty…….

Should Steve Bruce go? No, I don’t think he should, he certainly appears to have been able to ‘come out fighting’ especially since the press and fans got on his back. Perhaps they pricked his pride, and that can only be a good thing. I truly believe he should never have been backed so publicly by the Board. Why would I endeavor to turn up on time if my boss told everyone I’d ‘NEVER’ get the sack? Sure, I’d do my best, but one morning when it’s freezing out, and the missus isn’t……you get the picture….

So – has Steve Bruce been engaging in early morning shenanigans, rather than training?? I doubt it, but I’m also sure he can’t have been so motivated. I feel he WAS let down by a number of players, interestingly including Chris Sutton, and that MUST have been getting to him. That would reflect on his motivating skills. Anyone who saw his face when the goals went in against West Brom must KNOW his commitment can#t be questioned. Contrast his childish exuberance with the dour-faced dullness of Eriksson, or even McLaren for that matter. Bruce is no Barry Fry, but then I think Bruce is better than him.

A number of fans suggested they’d be happier with Fry at the helm than with Steve. My personal feeling is that TF was better than Fry…..and that Brucey is better than TF. He’s just gone through a bad spell. I honestly feel Bruce has it in him to get us back to the Prem, and – hopefully – he can learn from this season’s early ‘dip’ (we never really plummeted, luckily) in order to push us up to the next level. That is irrelevant to a point, chances are, he’d have adequate funds to buy new players if we returned to the Prem, so slating the current bunch would be unfair. He was expected to shed a lot of ‘Prem’ class players, and though we tried attracting the likes of Collins John, it never really happened, so we have to be content with the fact that Bruce has built a Championship team, from the ashes of a Prem one. No-one could have expected us to be a Prem team in the Championship. West Brom could have claimed to be that, and we just beat them 2-0. That’s our potential. I feel the fans should be incensed to get behind the lads after our recent form, but Steve Bruce has a job to do, too. Stop towing the marketing line about attendances, and thank those that DO turn up. Half full, not half empty Steve.

I say bring on Coventry, bring on Barnsley, bring on Liverpool. If we can beat ANY two of those, I’ll be a happy Bluenose. Win all three, I’m sure Bruce won’t need to remember these dark days for a very long time……




9 Responses to “Bruce In, Bruce In, Shake It All and Win?”

  1. mole56 on October 30th, 2006 6:17 pm

    good stuff, nice to be on the light side

  2. fingles on October 30th, 2006 7:59 pm

    Well I am one of those who is still to be convinced.
    3 out of 4 defensive midfielders on Saturday, and it was only the Baggies poor finishing that let them down.

    Our goals came from a wonderfull free kick,and a wonderfull individual goal.

    Out front 2 frequently had to pass the ball to each other,since there was no midfield support,and we has 1 cross that I can remember.

    As Fred is often saying, no width.

    I am afraid this is a blip,in what otherwise will be a dissapointing season.

    I am still in the Bruce must go camp.

  3. Moza on October 30th, 2006 8:49 pm

    From what I can make out, 3 feisty defensive midfielders were used to disrupte the flow of Albion’s play…and yes they had their chances. But so did we. McSheffrey could and probably should have had a hat-trick or maybe even four. Muamba can get forward as we saw with a good opportunity he flashed wide, Clemence dictated the flow of the game and was the star in the midfield from my point of view. He could pick out a pass when necessary. Jonty got forward fairly well with some decent overlapping play from Kelly.

    A win’s a win Fingles. Let’s face it, three out of three isn’t bad. However flukey goals have been, however lucky we have been with poor opposition finishing and whatever the formation/tactics the team has used.

    We’re one point from third, two from second. To me Cardiff look like they’re already showing signs of running out of puff. They obviously lack depth and if they pick up any injuries or suspensions, particularly to the likes of Chopra, their season could easily take a slight U-Turn.

    Width fair enough, I have to say that I am a keen admirer of Seb Larsson and he’s injected something into the game when he’s appeared and I’m guessing he could take place on the right wing with Jonty out for two months. (Just for the record people, Danns is a centre-mid, not a wide player – got that?)

    Get behinds the lads and KRO.

  4. mark watkins on October 30th, 2006 9:22 pm

    I see 4,200 of us are going to Cov for the game, how can anyone question our support come on Brucy keep the run going.

  5. Eddie Brown on October 30th, 2006 9:43 pm

    West Brom could have claimed to be a Premiership team in the Championship??

    They lost at home to Arsenals reserves 2-0.

    Remember who were the only club in this division to pay more than £1.5 million for a single player?

    Correct…us. The Chelsea of the Championship !

    Yet the man who bought them states the best squad isn’t ours but the Baggies.
    If I were Gold or Sullivan I wouldn’t be too happy about this !
    So was he winding up the team, or worryingly…just getting his excuses in early.

    Its going the right way, whether by luck or good judgement, but a couple of swallows after a long winter dont make a summer.

  6. TR7 on October 30th, 2006 10:39 pm

    As Fingles says , two goals from two individual pieces of brilliance. This is Bruces only saving grace ! You can’t deny the fact that he persued Mc Sheffrey , and some people doubted this almost manic mission! He got his man, and it looks like we’ve got a player with spirit , agression and to cap it all, a considerable amount of talent.Three or four more like him and we would have the makings of a formidable outfit.
    The truth is , we have few with spirit , a few with agression , and a couple with real talent , the latter ones can win a game for us ‘on their day’ but as a team we are disjointed and at times totally directionless , and this is the reality of our day to day existance under Bruce!
    It’ll take a lot more acts of individual skill to get us out of this division , all successful teams have their match winners , but they don’t base their whole game plan for the season on ‘wonder goals’

  7. JOHN LONGMAN on October 31st, 2006 9:15 am

    yes we are doing ok at the
    moment but i still dont think
    commander bruce knows his
    best eleven.see the problem
    he has is that he has in my
    mind 6 really good players ie.mcsheffrey,bendtner,muamba
    larsson,dunn and upson.we all
    know the situations regarding
    dunn & upson,more than likely
    leaving jan,that brings us to
    the question of the arsenal
    three,does he build a team
    around three players who dont
    belong to us?of the three i
    suppose larsson may be the
    one who we could possibly buy
    so that makes me wonder why
    he doesnt play him from the
    start in matches?bendtner and
    muamba we will never be able to buy,if you were wenger would you sell them?i doubt it very much.that leaves us with mcsheffrey who is a class apart from anything else we have and hes ours!so
    i think that is where brucie
    has his dilema,does he build
    a team around players who are
    not going to be with us next
    season hopefully in the prem
    or play what we have,that
    proves to me that his spending in the close season
    was not as brilliant as we
    were led to last
    thought,brucie please play
    your strongest eleven from
    the start ie mcsheffrey up
    front with bendtner,larsson
    left midfield even your eyes
    should be able to see that is
    your best attacking option.

  8. Richy on October 31st, 2006 9:21 am


    “Just for the record people, Danns is a centre-mid, not a wide player – got that?”

    Yeah, we know it but does Bruce?

  9. Moza on October 31st, 2006 5:28 pm

    Note how I started that paragraph with “fair enough” stating that I slightly agree with you *on some occassions*

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