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Bruce Working Hard To Turn It Around

Bruce Working Hard To Turn It Around

Manager Steve Bruce has covered a number of different topics in his pre Norwich City press conference earlier today.

Having already given a team news update, Bruce was speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media earlier this morning, and he remained determined to get things right after our poor start.

'There`s another game now. It`s up to me to rally around the players and get started again. We`re only three games in. We must remember that. It hasn`t gone as well as anyone would have liked. However, what are we going to do about it? There`s another 43 matches to play - 10 months of football ahead. Let`s forget about what`s happened in the week and try to be positive and look to get a result at the weekend. We`ve had a bad start. We have to put it right. It`s quite simple.

Bruce went on to say about Reading.

'I didn`t think we deserved to get beaten at Reading. We had an awful second half at Cardiff, yes. We could easily have beaten Hull. So we could have been sitting here with a win, draw and defeat. But it hasn`t happened that way. However, it`s been three games and all the nonsense is ridiculous really. We have to put things right by getting some results. We`re looking for a better week than we have has this past week.'

With chances going begging in all games so far that could've at least papered over the cracks, he admitted we need to find a finishing touch and quickly.

'If I showed you training today, the ball would whistle into the goal. It`s easy on a training ground. The most difficult part of football when it matters is scoring a goal. That`s why strikers cost the most money. That`s why we invest in them heavily. It`s because they have a knack of doing it. Our achilles heel since I`ve been here - and it`s not just the strikers - is our ability to score a goal. We have created enough chances in all the games really to win a match - and we can`t score. That`s the huge disappointment. With the chances we have created our conversion rate is poor - and that has to improve. Of course, at the moment, we are without the main man Jonathan Kodjia, who scored the most goals for us. We must keep trying, keep persevering and keep practicing and hopefully when the chances come on Saturday we take them.'

Turning attentions to transfers, Bruce admitted he was still working on a few things.

'There are one or two things bubbling away. We`d like to do something, especially in the attacking half of the pitch because we are without Jonathan Kodjia and obviously Scott Hogan went off the other night. We are looking at that sort of area and we will see what develops over the next few days.'

As for direct links in the press, he said of Southampton's Sam Gallagher.

'I think every club in the Championship has been linked with him because we do believe he is now available from Southampton. It is something we are looking at along with 11 other clubs. It`s something that interests us, yes.'

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

'I don`t know where that one came from. But if he wants to come and play here he`s more than welcome.'

And Newcastle United's Jack Colback.

'I don`t know what they came from either. I worked with Jack as a boy. There`s no truth in that either.'

Going to this weekend's game and Norwich itself.

'We had them watched obviously. They have new manager, new players, new coaches - a different sort of style. But they are a good team. They have a sprinkling of some very good players. Norwich are very decent and we will have to be at our best to beat them.'

Having had a bad week, Bruce was now hoping a win would kick start a good week for us.

'(A win) It changes everything. We have seen what a bad week brings. We have games on Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks we will have that sparkle that back which a few results will do.'

He ended with a message for the fans.

'The one thing over the years which has been steadfast has been the support. They support through thick and thin and to be honest they have had some thin times over the last few years. I am expecting them as always to get behind the team. But it`s important we give them something to shout about. We have to see the team play with a spirit and passion that they`re all about. They are desperate for their club to do well again.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday August 18 2017
Time: 3:21PM


Fair comments I believe...As much as I hate the way we've played recently, I do genuinely think Bruce wants the best for the club and appreciates the fans. Serious doubts as to whether he can get the job done but I hope he does. I will be tuning in as usual (accompanied by the usual comments from the wife such as "why do you bother" "looks like another depressing weekend for me" etc.). I will tune in with optimism and hope and pray for a Villa win. It's what I do - VTID.
18/08/2017 15:41:00
'I didn`t think we deserved to get beaten at Reading'. Is he having a laugh? what game was he watching? we were dire..end of. So at the end of last season, Kodjia was injured quite badly. There was very little chance of him making the start of the season and quite frankly, it's a credit to JK that his recovery has come as far as it has. So, knowing we had no 'main man' as Bruce calls him, why did he not address that situation in pre season? develop a strike partnership between 2 of our expensive signings or some of our youth? As for 'rally the players', These are the same players you just openly slated in the press and said went missing in action? yeah..good luck with that. Lose to Norwich and i expect your bags to be packed mate.
18/08/2017 15:48:00
Just wondering if the Reading game stats of 10 goal attempts included the shots in during pre game warm up ?
18/08/2017 20:21:00
There is little doubt that SB is a good guy, nice man, honest and really wants to do well in his job at Villa. The concerns that I believe the vast majority of us Villa fans have are all centered on his tactical awareness of modern football and the ability of his current coaching staff. I can only repeat my earlier suggestions that a possible suggestion would be to bring in a younger assistant with modern coaching methods. Perhaps someone who could take over when we get back as an established Premiership team - as SB could certainly not take us any further. Would SB accept ? - no idea, but as he is a genuine guy, perhaps. On a positive note, we WILL win tomorrow and score a few goals.. No real change to the general situation but it will please my 9 year old grandson who I have just brought over from France for his birthday ( second visit for him at VP after Gabby scoring against Blues !) With flights/hotels etc every time it costs a small fortune so we had better win Mr Bruce !!
18/08/2017 22:03:00
Just hope Mr Bruce learns to turn his iPad up the right way... we are not top BUT BOTTOM !!! Even a win against Norwich covers up the cracks . The good Dr needs to make a big decision before its too late, I wouldn't mind if we at least played attractive football, attacked, and gave it opposition defences major issues, you'd get more wins than defeats but the rubbish we've played this season is just not acceptable by all fans of Aston Villa and I'm sure our excellent owner is having major concerns.
19/08/2017 01:04:00
Good Dr you have the cure get rid of the Bruce before it's too late.
19/08/2017 09:55:00
Do we dump this Manager only to replace him with another failure. There is something seriously wrong at Villa Park, several years of one failure after another, cannot all be blamed on Learner, as now the saga continues. I am fed up reading that on paper we have a very experienced squad of players only for them to turn to sh#te every season. I would like us to stick with a manager for more than 4 games but .....
19/08/2017 10:50:00
If we don't win today against Norwich we'll be turning to Dr Feelgood for a remedy.
Pride of Lions
19/08/2017 13:10:00
Kevinl48 our problem is we accept managers who think the likes of Gabby contribute to the team, seriously he hasn't for quite a few seasons, we hang onto hope that Grealish will deliver ... he will in bursts but again like Gabby not consitently , in our past we've had players who who deliver week in week out ... until we only accept 100% commitment week in week out we will not progress. SB has to go.
19/08/2017 13:23:00
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