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Steve Bruce: Palace Reaction


11:59 29th January 2014

Steve Bruce felt his side’s performance against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night was worthy of more than the defeat they came away with.

Despite dominating possession and creating several goal-scoring opportunities, the Tigers were beaten 1-0 by the Eagles at Selhurst Park with Jason Puncheon’s 16th-minute strike enough to earn three points for the hosts and Bruce felt the night was summed up by the decisions that didn’t go his team’s way after penalty shouts from Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long were ignored in the early stages.

“We’re totally disappointed that we haven’t taken anything from the game because we didn’t deserve that (result),” said Bruce.

“We deserved to win the match with the possession we had, but our night was summed up by the decisions we didn’t get.

“The two big decisions in the game for me were both stonewall penalties (for us). I thought that at the time and having seen them again.

“I’ve got to be careful because I was fined £10,000 about six weeks ago for criticising a decision, so I’ll let everybody else have a look at them and the decision to send my goalkeeper off which looks innocuous after a horrible challenge on him.

“If we’re going to be critical (of ourselves), we’ve made two or three good chances and not taken them. There was the one for Liam Rosenior after Jake Livermore had got in behind, and Livermore’s where he skies it over the bar. Those were great chances and we should be taking them.

“Overall it wasn’t our night and we’re disappointed because we’ve gone to Selhurst Park and dominated the game and should have taken something from it.”

The game saw Bruce pair new strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long up front for the first time and although neither could get on the scoresheet, the manager saw plenty of positive signs for the future.

“I thought they were both terrific,” added Bruce.

“Jelavic tired because he hasn’t played a lot of football but the two of them will be terrific for us, I’m convinced of that.

“I saw enough on Tuesday night to know that they’re going to be a threat.”

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