Birmingham boss Bruce delighted with Ridgewell debut

Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce was delighted with Liam Ridgewell's scoring debut in yesterday's friendly victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

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Bruce made his first bid for Ridgewell seven months ago and recently failed to take the centre-back on loan.

"It was an unbelievable start for the kid," said the City boss.

"He was the best player on the pitch. It was a wonderful debut and he will be a great acquisition for us.

"There's been some talk that, because he is from Villa, he won't be accepted. But the vast majority of supporters know he is a good professional."