Bruce: No chance Birmingham playing defensively

Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce says there was no chance of them shutting up shop after yesterday's defeat at Chelsea.

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"We gave it a real go but unfortunately we gave away soft goals," he said.

"When you come to Chelsea you need your goalkeeper to be your best player but he's had one of those days. But he was instrumental in us being here so he deserved to be in the team.

"It's great to be back, the atmosphere and the smell of the hot dogs. If we keep producing performances like that we'll make a fist of it.

"I've been here before and played 1-9-1 and it doesn't work. You have to score goals in the Premier League."

He added: "The whole record is staggering. You have to take your hat off to them, they are always well prepared. To keep them focused at home for three years is an unbelievable achievement for the manager and the team."

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