Bruce's View: Everton (a)

Last updated : 22 April 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

The Blues boss thought that the match against Blackburn in midweek had caught up with some of his players in the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

"We were disappointed not to match Portsmouth's result but our efforts in midweek caught up with us. I think you could see that Heksey and Pennant were not 100 per cent fit," Bruce said after the game at Goodison Park.

"All in all I've got to be pleased because there's a few in the squad who are running on empty. All credit to them, they've kept out hopes alive.

"It was a close call whether or not to start with Forssell. He scored the goal on Wednesday but I felt that Heskey and Sutton have been very, very good for us when played together.

"The problems we've had in terms of personnel have been there all season and I think you could see them there today.

"We've got to play Newcastle next week. It'll be tough but we'll be looking for a win.

"If someone had said in January when we had 12 points that we would have amassed 20-odd points by this stage of the season I think we would have snapped their hands off.

"We've given ourselves a chance and I hope there's another twist in the story yet."