Bruce: We can play better than that

Last updated : 29 September 2002 By Brian Cartlidge
After two great results against Liverpool away and Villa at home, Blues have lost their last two games and Bruce feels the side dropped below the standards set against Newcastle - especially in the first half of the game.

Speaking after the game,the Blues boss said: "We know we can play better than that. That is probably as disappointing as we have been.

"We always knew it was going to be tough and Newcastle played very well.

We have got to pick ourselves up and know we can perform better. We have set ourselves standards.

"The lads are honest and there is an excellent spirit. We let that drop in the first half. At least we caused them problems in the second half when we got the ball down."

"We are under no illusions. It is going to be a long, tough season - but we know we can perform better than that."

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