Steve Bruce: Let’s replicate Monday’s display at Ewood Park

Bruce pre-Blackburn

Steve Bruce has challenged his players to replicate Monday’s thrilling display at home to Watford when they travel to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday afternoon (ko 3pm).

Albion impressed throughout and dominated possession and chances at The Hawthorns, but they were unable to score more than once and the Hornets escaped with a share of the spoils. 

Sunday’s opponents Blackburn have made a blistering start to the 2022/23 term, winning three out of three in league and cup.

And boss Bruce knows how tough this weekend’s test has the potential to be, but insists Albion have all the necessary attributes to make the clash just as difficult for Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Bruce said: “As I’ve said many times before, we couldn’t have asked for a more difficult start to the season than our first few games.

“I’m really pleased with the performances we’ve produced in our first two league games, especially given who we’ve been up against in Middlesbrough and Watford.

“Make no mistake, Blackburn away on Sunday is also going to be a very difficult game, just like Middlesbrough and Watford.

“They’ve set the early pace in the Championship and they’re the only team who can boast maximum points from their matches so far, so they are going to be full of confidence.

“They’ve got a new manager who has come in and they’re totally different to how they were last year. They’ve got some fresh ideas and clearly, up at the top end of the pitch, they have players who can hurt any team in this division.

“However, when you look at the way that we’ve been playing, if we can replicate that on Sunday then hopefully it’ll also be a very difficult game for them.

“One area where we must try and improve though is in front of goal. We should’ve won the game on Monday against Watford but unfortunately we missed some really good chances.

“We could be sitting here on four points from two games instead of two.

“Hopefully we can be more clinical on Sunday and collect our first league victory of the campaign.”

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