Bruce’s Banter: at least he didn’t sign Barton

Having given my qualified support to Steve Bruce, if only because sacking him three games into a season would be spectacularly bad timing, I now look forward to him issuing writs against those responsible for grossly libellous reports that he tried to sign Joey Barton. As for tonight’s e-mail, the D word – disappointing, not despise – gets another outing but it’s really just a routine response to a routine draw …

Dear Colin,

To put it into context, to come away from home in the Barclays Premier League and pick up something is always decent.

The disappointing thing is that we had enough chances to win two football matches.

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