Bruce's View: West Brom (h)

Last updated : 11 March 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

By my own reckoning Blues were fortunate not to have gone in at the half time interval at least two goals down as Diomansy Camara and Kevin Campbell squandered glorious chances to give the visitors the lead.

However, we were handed a lifeline when Mikael Forssell converted a 49th penalty, after he himself had been upended in the box, to give us an undeserved 1-0 lead.

From there-on-in there was only one team going to add to goals tally and that was the Albion.

They eventually equalised on 70 minutes through substitute Nathan Ellington and the same player came close to securing all three points for the Baggies in stoppage time when his shot came down off the crossbar and somehow rebounded to safety.

"We have to admit we were fortunate to get away with a point," Bruce admitted after the 1-1 draw.

"The way we defended was shambolic. Their goal summed up how we are playing.

"Martin Taylor mis-timed a header, Martin Latka has mis-timed a header, Mario Melchiot has mis-timed a clearance and a header.

"When you do that at this level you are fortunate to get away with it.

"We simply couldn't deal with the pressure when Albion moved forward.

"We didn't defend well as a unit or individually. When you perform like that it always puts you on the back-foot.

"A point was good for us. We have been bemoaning our luck with injuries but we have had a huge slice of luck against Albion because you cannot give away the chances we did at this level."