Steve Bruce laments ‘worst game ever’ as West Brom’s magic only worsens

The four-time promotion winner has had a rough time in his two months in charge at the Hawthorns and Albion is set to miss the championship play-offs

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Steve Bruce is leaving his position as Newcastle head coach

Many people assumed West Bromwich Albion made a smart decision when they introduced Steve Bruce as boss in February.

The baggies were in The Championship Play-off places when they decided to roll the dice and Replace Valerien Ismael with four-time promotion winner Bruce. The goal was to keep going and earn an automatic promotion spot. But it has proven to be far from a feat. The 61-year-old was a shock date just months after his high-profile exit from Newcastlehas won just two of their 10 games at the top and suddenly Albion seems destined to miss out on the top 6 overall.

Bruce’s men beat Midlands rivals and his old employers Birmingham City 1-0 on Sunday. The result leaves West Brom in 12th place eight points behind the playoffs.

The game at St Andrew’s was a disappointingly dull affair, which Lyle Taylor’s second-half penalty – awarded after Conor Townsend’s inexplicable handball – ultimately decided the game. Bruce afterwards said the game was the worst he’s ever seen, but that will do little to appease Baggies fans who didn’t see their side record a single shot on goal.

“This has to be the worst football game I’ve ever seen. There was a lack of quality on both sides,” Bruce admitted afterwards. “We had a penalty call in the fourth minute which the referee missed. He seemed to whistle and then thought, ‘What have I done?’ and invented a free kick for them instead.

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Steve Bruce has won just two of his 10 games in charge of West Brom

“It’s a derby game and you expect it to be a bit hectic. But we didn’t have any real quality at the top of the pitch. Saturday’s results gave us a great opportunity and we didn’t take advantage of the frustration and why we’re in midfield when we’re a team that should be up front. I think we are all disappointed with the performance. The game was difficult and there was nothing in it really.

“Both teams lacked quality if I’m being honest. That’s the biggest frustration for me. The fact that we’ve been so inconsistent and up and down in the time I’ve been here. It was a terrible game “Football without quality. I don’t think either goalkeeper had to save and that sums it up. The ball was out of bounds, there were a lot of throws and standard situations. That was it.” in the air. Let’s be bluntly honest, it was a terrible football game.”

Lyle Taylor’s penalty secured Birmingham City victory over West Brom

Bruce was also asked after the game if he was still interested in the job next season, which will most likely consist of another season in the second division. Bruce, who was brought on on an 18-month contract, replied: “I really, really enjoyed it. There is a bit of work to be done but I really enjoyed the seven or eight weeks. As far as I am I would like to stay.”

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