‘First goal was turning point in the game’

Steve Bruce said Wednesday’s opening goal at Bolton was the turning point in the game as we went on to take all three points in a 2-0 victory.

Steven Fletcher’s classy finish completed an excellent move in the closing minutes of a poor first half and Bruce said afterwards: “The whole game hinged on the first goal. What a real bit of quality that was and, to be fair in the first half, it was the only real bit of quality.

“You probably wouldn’t send out a lifeboat in that. It was horrible – wind, swirling rain and a horrible pitch – it’s your worst nightmare as a footballer.

“However, the one real bit of quality changed the whole game and in the second half we had a real swagger about us, which was nice to see.”

Bruce also praised Rolando Aarons, who crowned an impressive second-half display with his first goal for the club, saying: “Rolando, who has had a really big impact on us, has capped off a memorable night for him because he was terrific in the second half especially.”

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