Bruce's View: Fulham

Last updated : 11 December 2005 By Brian Cartlidge

A late Nicky Butt header secured the first victory of the season at St Andrew's at the seventh attempt.

"Thank god for that result," the Blues boss said after the 1-0 win against Chris Coleman's side.

"The frustration was there for everyone to see but thankfully we got the result we wanted.

"For a long time I didn't think we would get the win. We had three or four opportunities and at this level you don't get those chances.

"You think 'is it going to happen?' What summed us up was Nicky Butt who had a glorious chance with a header but had the courage to go in a second time to head home the winner.

"That was certainly his best performance for us.

"We picked a team that produced honesty and endeavour. It was not pretty but at least they showed courage and commitment."

David Dunn, who has been plagued by injury since moving to St Andrew's was substituted minutes from the end of the game, a decision which was met with some booing from the home fans.

However, Bruce explained his decision to withdraw the influential midfielder.

"He was shattered having had two full ninety minute appearances in quick succession recently and I was worried that if I leave him on then he's going to be injured again," Bruce explained.