Tuesday, September 26
 

Steve Bruce: 'No need for hysteria'

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce urges the club's supporters to remain calm after they are held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has called on fans to remain calm as the club's slow start to the Championship season continues.

Tipped by many as the favourites for the title this season, the Villans have accumulated seven points and just one win from their opening seven fixtures and were last night held to a goalless draw at home by Middlesbrough.

Villa had a man advantage for almost an hour of play following Adama Traore's dismissal in the fourth minute but once again failed to find the net, three days after the same result against a struggling Brentford at Villa Park.

"In times like this you have to stay strong, fight the flak and pull together," Bruce told reporters afterwards. "I think we should have beaten them.

"We had a poor performance on Saturday but there's no need for the hysteria that goes with it. We understand we've had a bad start in terms of points but not in terms of some of the performances we've put in. You stay with it and stay positive and create chances and take them.

"The frustration is that we haven't scored again and then of course the negativity comes out that we're unattractive and all the rest of it. We've had 19 attempts today but couldn't score and that's been the problem since I've been here.

"I can understand the hysteria that surrounds us because of the expectation and we're aware of that. I feel we're a good side in this division and it will turn."

Next up for Villa is a trip to Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

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2Wolverhampton WanderersWolves9621159620
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9Aston Villa93421210213
10Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds93421211113
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16Millwall9243119210
17Hull City92341516-19
18Reading823378-19
19Burton Albion9234615-99
20Brentford91441012-27
21Barnsley8215913-47
22Sunderland9135814-66
23Birmingham CityBirmingham9126513-85
24Bolton WanderersBolton9027419-152
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Championship Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds96211751220
2Wolverhampton WanderersWolves9621159620
3Cardiff CityCardiff9621148620
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd9603128418
5Preston North EndPreston944193616
6Middlesbrough9432116515
7Ipswich TownIpswich85031411315
8Bristol City93511510514
9Aston Villa93421210213
10Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds93421211113
11Queens Park RangersQPR93331212012
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest94051215-312
13Norwich CityNorwich9333812-412
14Fulham925298111
15Derby CountyDerby83231212011
16Millwall9243119210
17Hull City92341516-19
18Reading823378-19
19Burton Albion9234615-99
20Brentford91441012-27
21Barnsley8215913-47
22Sunderland9135814-66
23Birmingham CityBirmingham9126513-85
24Bolton WanderersBolton9027419-152
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