“The big disappointment is to lose in the way we did,” Bruce said. “We’ve defended fantastically, I can’t remember my goalkeeper [Martin Dubravka] making a save – and against Arsenal that’s a big positive – but we’ve made a mistake, left ourselves open and got punished. 

On the goal

“It was just a lack of communication. It was quickly sorted out, not a problem. We made a genuine mistake for the goal. I understand there’s always going to be criticism here, that’s part and parcel of it but I think it would be wrong to criticise us for having a go in the last 15 minutes when we chased the game and left ourselves a little bit stretched. But we’ve only all been working together for four or five days. 

On Joelinton 

“I’m quietly convinced Joelinton will do very well,” he said. “But he’s got to get used to the Premier League and his new surroundings.” 

On The Future 

“We made a few mistakes but the effort and endeavour was there for everyone to see. My job is to improve us, get the supporters back onside and enjoying watching their team.”