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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce needs a win

last updated Friday 20th October 2017, 12:12 PM

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has called on his players to erase the painful defeat against Wolves by marching into the top three with a win over Fulham.

The manager reiterated his belief that they were second best to Wolves, but has turned his attentions fully to the the tough game against Fulham.

"We have to try and erase the defeat, it happens and we have to accept they were better than us on the day.

"Fulham is another game and we need a big and better performance against a very good side.

"Nobody likes to lose to local rivals, the Championship is just starting, winter is upon us and there ate some tough games ahead.

"There is a long way to go and things are just taking shape. We seem to have our worst performances after international duty and we seemed tired.

"There is another big game coming up tomorrow and Fulham are very decent, particularly away from home.

"They have very good players on the counter attack and if we allow them to play we will be in trouble.

"We will be mindful of their habit of scoring late goals

"Hopefully a result tomorrow will take us in the top six."

Steve Bruce has named virtually the same starting XI for Aston Villa’s last five matches but a resounding defeat to promotion rivals Wolves has cast doubt over their own Premier League possibilities.

Twelve points from the last 15 on offer suggests there is no need to panic. However, it’s only right that some of Villa’s fringe players are considered for selection ahead of Fulham’s visit to Villa Park on Saturday.

Our prediction...
Despite several of Villa's stand-ins presenting compelling cases for inclusion against Fulham, Bruce has waited too long to find the winning formula to change his team after a minor hiccup.

The claret and blues were outclassed at Molineux but they are unlikely to face another Championship team of such quality for the remainder of the campaign.

With that in mind, we expect Bruce to continue with the XI that started against Wolves. However, Snodgrass and Adomah must be given freedom to create havoc, as they did in wins over Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Burton Albion and Bolton.

Source Steve Wollaston at Birmingham Mail
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