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‘In Bulgaria the fans tried to fight the players after a home draw!’ – Kevin Bru isn’t feeling the pressure at Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 06:00 30 October 2015

Kevin Bru challenges Liam Trotter at Nottingham Forest

Kevin Bru challenges Liam Trotter at Nottingham Forest

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Pressure, what pressure?

Ipswich Town badly need a win, at home against Cardiff City tomorrow, but midfielder Kevin Bru is losing no sleep over an expectant Portman Road crowd.

That’s because the 26-year-old has experienced the intense atmosphere of Bulgarian football.

Reflecting on his time at Levski Sofia, where he played in the Europa League, he said: “The mentality of the people was different. The fans are crazy.

“If you have a home draw then the fans want to come on the pitch and fight with you! One time the fans came in the dressing room.

“We changed the coach six times in a year. One year!

“So here it is no pressure by comparison!”

The Blues have won just one of their last nine league games to plummet from top of the Championship table to 13th.

There is still almost three quarters of the season to go though and back-to-back home games against Cardiff and Bolton (Tuesday) present a golden opportunity to get things back on track.

“There are a lot of games to play and I think we need just one game to get the momentum back,” said Bru, who has looked sharp on his recent return to the team following a 12-game injury absence.

“We have very, very good players, much better than last year I think. Now we have to prove it on the pitch.

“I think we just need one win and after that we will be okay.”

It’s been an eclectic career for Bru. Born in Paris he attended the world-famous Clairefontaine academy and signed his first professional contract with Rennes.

Then came several spells at lower level French sides before that switch to Sofia in 2013. His 32 appearances for Ipswich already eclipses the number made at any of his previous seven clubs.

“It’s much better for me this year because I’m starting to understand English and speak English,” he said.

“I feel very good here, it’s better than Paris! It’s more quiet and you have time to do what you want. In Paris everyone is speeding around.

“I live in Claydon with my girlfriend and she likes it also. We are by a big field and we can walk our dog.”

Asked if he had always wanted to play in England, the Mauritian international (his parents are from the Indian Ocean island) said: “When I was 17 I came to Tottenham and they gave me a contract – but I said no, I wanted to stay in France.

“I have no regrets, that’s life. My career has led me to here and I am happy. I need to find one place where I feel good and here feels like that place.

“When I listen to the fans chant my name it is good, it makes me confident when I go on the pitch.”

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