ALEX BRUCE endured a disappointing debut as Town lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth but vowed: “We’ll bounce back.”
And the on-loan Leeds centre-back believes the fans have a key role to play when Lee Clark’s fourth-placed side tackle League I promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday.
The Owls, 2-0 winners at Oldham, are two places and four points above Town, who were leapfrogged by MK Dons after they won 2-0 at Tranmere.
“Unfortunately we just weren’t at the races against Bournemouth,” said the 27-year-old after a showdown settled by Harry Arter’s 19th-minute goal.
“Whatever we tried, it wasn’t coming off, and sometimes you have those days.
“It’s all about how you respond, and a game like Saturday’s is a great one to have coming up.
“We know we played poorly, but let’s keep things in perspective.
“This side are challenging at the top of the table and recently set an amazing (43-match) unbeaten record.
“That’s shows the quality and character here and with the backing of our fans, we can go to Sheffield, get a result and get our heads held high again.”
Despite needing half a dozen stitches in a head wound, Bruce is confident he’ll be fine to face Wednesday, who have won eight out of nine at home.
But right-back Jack Hunt is a major doubt after needing a hospital check on an ankle and shin injury which forced him off in the 50th minute.
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