Bruce says we need to get the basics right
A quote from the official site, off Bruce post-match:
‘We certainly need to get the basics right. And the basics are in a game of football to not make any mistakes. They keep costing us. In the last few weeks we’ve conceded twice every time and left ourselves needing to score three goals. That’s difficult to do in the Championship, so we need to get those basics right again. Hopefully then it will start to turn around’.
This is the level of analysis I’ve come to expect from Bruce, and makes me despair.
We need to stop making any mistakes, and let less goals in.
What’s he going to do?
Tell the players not to make any more mistakes?
Then they’ll say, ok Boss, and everything will be sorted.
We don’t close down the opposition all over the pitch when we don’t have the ball, and we are ponderous all over the pitch when we do have the ball.
These ARE the basics. Does Bruce not even recognise this?
Bruce needs to get his own managerial basics right too. Play players who are playing well, and just drop players who are continually making mistakes, or failing to deliver. We need more creativity and energy, starting from the back, or the likes of Grealish and Davis will always be asked to climb mountains and feed off scraps.