Football off the menu for Bruce family

ALEX Bruce went for a curry with his mother and father last night, but football discussions were off the menu after dad Steve's Wigan side success in the Carling Cup at Portman Road last night.

Elvin King

ALEX Bruce went for a curry with his mother and father last night, but football discussions were off the menu after dad Steve's Wigan side success in the Carling Cup at Portman Road last night.

Young Bruce, back in the side for the rested Richard Naylor, came within an inch of putting the Blues ahead in a first half they dominated.

But they collapsed in the later stages as the Premier League's extra pedigree came to the surface.

“My dad had a pretty big smile on his face and my parents stayed with me last night,” said Bruce.

“I was very disappointed and the final score did not do us justice.

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“For 70 minutes we played well, but to concede three goals from set-pieces was not good enough.

“We work on things like that in training but certain individuals have got to do their jobs.

“If you make one slight error or have a lapse in concentration, you're going to get punished.”

Bruce says that Ipswich have got to take the positives into Saturday's league match against Crystal Palace.

“We created seven or eight chances against a top-flight side and on another day we'd have won,” he added.

“We've got to play like that again on Saturday.

“I thought I'd scored with my header which was cleared off the line.

“People in a better position than me thought it was over the line, but the assistant referee didn't and it's his opinion that counts.”