Bruce: A bad, bad day
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Steve Bruce was bitterly disappointed after Birmingham City had slipped to a fourth consecutive Premiership defeat.
Everton snatched a 1-0 win at St Andrews courtesy of Simon Davies' 43rd minute goal, which was largely down to a Maik Taylor mistake.
The defeat will only serve to intensify the pressure on Bruce and he admits there were few positives to take from the game.
"It was immensely disappointing," said Bruce. "I am not going to come on TV and say anything different.
"It was a bad, bad day for us.
"We all knew the importance of it. I know it's still early but we were looking all week about putting in back-to-back wins.
"We gave a horrible goal away. It was a horrible game, as we predicted what it would be like beforehand.
"The game was won and lost on an individual mistake."
The only bright spot for Bruce was the performance of Neil Kilkenny, with the young midfielder impressing after coming on as a first half substitute for Nicky Butt.
Bruce added: "The one bright spark was the introduction of the kid. We are struggling a bit and we want to try to protect the boy.
"But he came on and showed no fear and that was the pleasing point.
"He's a talent and that's why he is playing on the pitch.
"You can see he is a good footballer so we will have to see what develops.
"We haven't got many options with injuries, and we have got to hope they can come back quickly, then we will see if it is the right time for him."