Steve Bruce, in his press conference today, reported on the injuries and has also praised two specific players.
One was our new signing from MLS club Atlanta United 18 months ago – Miguel Almiron.
Miguel has the pressure off him now and is playing very well, enjoying himself, and scoring goals.
And Bruce, not for the first time, has said Miguel is an excellent professional.
Bruce always rated Jonjo Shelvey highly, and he is now getting what he expected from Jonjo, who has also started to score goals.
Jonjo has always had fantastic natural ability, but it’s not always apparent throughout the season.
But he is starting to deliver those exquisite passes on the pitch, spraying the ball all over the place.
It’s just great to watch.
Jonjo Shelvey – starting to impress the manager
Here’s what Bruce had to say about two of his stars in his press conference today:
“Almirón is a manager’s dream.”
“He’s bright, he’s tough, he trains every day and he’s been carrying a thigh injury, but doesn’t want to tell anybody.”
“The last 20 minutes on Sunday he was limping about the pitch. In 18 months, he’s proved to be a really top, top player.”
“We had an awful start and when you go behind twice, if you look at the statistics, it’s very rare you come back from it.”
“I was pleased with the way we responded and I thought some of our football leading up to the first goal was terrific. I think a draw was the right result.”
“I think there’s a certain resilience in the squad to being written off and they enjoy the challenge of proving people wrong.”
“That’s pretty apparent when you work with the players. It’s important we don’t take our foot off the gas and we try to achieve that top ten finish.”
“If there’s anybody who has taken on board what we require it’s Jonjo.”
“He’s blessed with a natural ability. He can see a pass that others can’t and deliver it, he can score a goal. “
“Physically and mentally now he’s bought into everything so fair play to him.”
Now many fans expecting much out of the game tomorrow at Manchester City.