Bruce dismay at first half showing
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bruce's men were outplayed for an hour of the Midlands derby, but a spate of substitutions and some real grit saw Blues cancel out a two-goal deficit to earn a morale-boosting point with virtually the last kick of the game.
"I think there was a few choice words to be said at half time," said Bruce.
"We just didn't start. After half time we went two down because of a great strike and I thought 'we need a reaction'.
"The substitutions helped. I thought that the two lads [Clinton Morrison and David Dunn] would give us that chance.
"Clinton is playing well but because of his exertions in midweek with Ireland I put him on the bench.
"Early on I thought we were second to the ball and I couldn't believe it was a Birmingham performance.
"In a big game you are not expecting things to be at their prettiest, but you have to make sure you compete.
"I thought we only had the keeper, a centre forward and Kenny Cunningham playing anywhere near what we are used to in the first half."