Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce knows all about Newcastle of course, since he’s a Geordie, but Aston Villa are not doing well and they have lost seven of their last eight games in all competitions.
They are in a big slump in 16th place in the Championship.
So Steve doesn’t really care about the performance of his side at James’ Park on Monday night – Villa need a result and preferably a win.
Steve Bruce – we need a result at Newcastle
Aston Villa are in 16th place with 36 points from their 31 games with 8 wins and they are now a full 30 points behind Newcastle. who are currently top of the league.
This is also a very vital game for us too of course – because we need a win after dropping 2 points at Norwich City.
Both Huddersfield and Reading gained 2 points on us on Tuesday and the Terriers are only 5 points behind us in 3rd place..
This is what Steve Bruce has said in the press today:
“I’m not bothered about performances – we need a result.”
“It will be a great occasion. It’s live on TV, and there’ll be 50-odd thousand there.”
“Some would say this fixture should be in the Premier League, but there you go.”
“They have done very well under Rafa Benitez,” “They have a settled team and a settled position. They will be difficult to beat.”
Aston Villa have a few injury problems and they will be without both James Bree and Gabby Agbonlahor for the game on Monday.
As we said earlier, we need a win on Monday night and then another one at home to Bristol City a week come Saturday as we try to get promoted and straight back to the Premier League.