Steve Bruce reacts to Huddersfield Town draw

Bruce post-Huddersfield

Steve Bruce was left with mixed emotions after watching Albion come from two goals down to take home a share of the spoils at Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers raced into the lead thanks to Tino Anjorin’s special strike, before the same man doubled the home team’s advantage with a smart finish inside the box.

Jed Wallace pulled one back for the Baggies ahead of the interval and then got Albion on level terms with a clinical effort from close range shortly before the hour mark.

With time running out at the John Smith’s Stadium forward Karlan Grant appeared to have been unfairly brought down in the box, but the referee waved away Albion’s penalty appeals.

It was a decision which left Bruce frustrated, with the boss believing the officials got the big decision wrong.

Bruce said: “It’s great to come back from two goals down in a game away from home. That’s certainly one way to look at it.

“They’ve scored a spectacular first goal which you can’t really do anything about it. 

“The second goal we have made a mistake and we’ve been punished for it. I think Dara will hold his hand up. That’s the type of kid he is. He’ll have to be bold enough and brave enough to admit he’s made a mistake.

“Then it’s all about having a look and seeing what we’ve got.

“We’ve done enough in the game and brought it back to 2-2 and perhaps with a bit more luck in front of goal we would’ve gone on to win the game.

“I’m never going to question anybody’s integrity, but when you need the referee to make big calls, the calls which decide matches, we’ve had big decisions go against us and none more so than that today.

“On the flip side, we’ve shown again today that there’s something about us. We’ve looked a threat in large parts and we’ve created big chances.

“Overall, we’ve played well in the game having come back from a wonder goal and a mistake.

“The players stuck at it and I couldn’t be happier with how they responded.

“We’ve got Jed on two goals now and Swifty on two after six games. We said at the start they’d be big players for us and they’re proving to be already.”

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