Tottenham Paper View

Last updated : 27 December 2005 By Brian Cartlidge

Bruce curses his luck in missed chances and rum decisions

Steve Bruce was once unfamiliar with adversity but he is being rudely acquainted with it at present. Yesterday Birmingham picked up their fifth red card - more than any other Premiership team - while conceding a fifth penalty of the season. The Guardian

Birmingham take a dive with Izzet's dismissal

There was little goodwill offered to Birmingham yesterday when, doing enough to take at least a point from this generally disappointing game, they suffered a harsh penalty decision and harsher sending-off that pushed them towards their eighth defeat in 10 Premiership outings. The Telegraph

Bruce short of festive spirit after Blues' nine-minute blunders

Merry Christmas? Not for Steve Bruce, whose chances of lifting Birmingham City out of the Premiership's bottom three evaporated in the space of nine controversial minutes at White Hart Lane yesterday. Having had the better of the first hour, his team went behind to a disputed penalty and had their hopes of a comeback dashed when Phil Dowd dismissed Muzzy Izzet for diving. The Independent

Bruce gets blues with Izzet's red

It is almost heart-warming at this time of year, football organises itself around the wishes of fans rather than players and staff, who must accommodate a punishing schedule of fixtures because of tradition and because it is what supporters want. It is also a time when envy at footballers’ lifestyles is reduced by the knowledge that players spend more time in hotels and at training sessions than unwrapping presents with their families. The Times