Bruce relieved Ipswich missed chances

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Wigan manager Steve Bruce felt his side's 4-1 Carling Cup victory over Ipswich highlighted the gulf between the Premier League and Championship.

The visitors were comfortable victors in the third round tie but Bruce said it might have been a different story had the Tractor Boys taken some of their many chances in a goalless first half.

"I think that is the difference between the Premier League and the Championship," said Bruce. "When you create that many chances and you don't take them, you're going to get punished."

He added: "Ipswich caused us more problems than anyone else has. We ran out easy winners in the end but it was tough in the first half because Ipswich did very well."

Bruce singled out former Ipswich favourite Titus Bramble for praise for his resolute defensive performance.

Bramble, who left Ipswich for Newcastle in 2002, was made captain for the night on his first competitive return to his hometown club.

"I know Titus was here from eight years old," said Bruce.

"It was fantastic for him to come back. He has his critics. The one thing about him is he is made of stern stuff.

"For me, he was the outstanding player. I know for a fact he was looking forward to coming down here."

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