Bruce delighted by 'honest' Blues

Sept 12: Steve Bruce praised the "bottle, courage and honesty" of his battling Birmingham side after their dramatic 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

Sept 12: Steve Bruce praised the "bottle, courage and honesty" of his battling Birmingham side after their dramatic 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

Gerard Houllier's side were two goals ahead through Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard before the Midlanders hit back with a double from Clinton Morrison.

City manager Bruce said: "We have had a tough start at places like Arsenal and here, and against Leeds.

"But we have come through it. We just didn't give up and if we keep going like that we will be okay this season.
"We were two down, we'd been hit on the break for the second, but we came back and deserved what we got.

"This has given the side belief and that is the hardest thing for a new team in this division to achieve.

"Six months ago when we came here in the FA Cup soon after I'd taken over, we just didn't play at all. But we have made lots of positive strides since."

Houllier lost key defender Stephane Henchoz at half-time with a calf injury which makes him doubtful for Saturday's trip to Bolton.

The Reds also threw away a two-goal lead in their previous home game against Newcastle, and Houllier said: "We should have finished the game off from two up.
"But we have let another two-goal lead slip, and this is our third 2-2 draw on the trot.

"We should be top of the league by now with at least another four points.

"But we have let games slip in the last minutes on three occasions, six points have been squandered in about nine minutes of play.

"But I don't believe you achieve anything without going through some adversity, and we have a young side that will learn from this."

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