In his first e-mail to M Salut of the season, Steve Bruce rightly praises a superb comeback from a start that made us look as if we were heading for a battering. Sess and Brown were outstanding but others put in terrific second-half displays, too, and Larsson’s equaliser was stunning. Many thanks to Stan Simpson, of the Durham branch of the SAFCSA, for magically producing my ticket …
On balance, it was a great performance from us. The longer the game went on, the better we became.
The fitness levels were good, we got off and running and that’s what you want after a hard pre-season. We got more accomplished as time went on.
We started to have belief and take the ball better and Seb’s got a wonder goal to give us a great start.
We didn’t start well – we gave the ball away too often and made too many mistakes. Unfortunately we were punished, but we stuck at it and got our reward.
I asked the players at half time to have a bit more belief. We needed to keep the ball better – not surrender it too quickly.
We gave the ball away too cheaply in the first 45 minutes but after half time we were much better. It was a better performance all round and we thoroughly deserved a point.
It was wonderful technique from Seb for the goal. He gives us that delivery from set pieces as well which we haven’t really had since I’ve been at the club.
I had the privilege of signing Seb when I was at Birmingham and he has matured into an excellent player and an excellent human being.