Aston Villa’s form has dramatically improved after the appointment of Steve Bruce as the replacement for Roberto di Matteo.
The former Hull City manager came to Villa Park after being out of the job since the start of the season. Bruce was the first candidate to replace di Matteo and it has not taken long for him to make an impact. The Championship outfit have been unbeaten since he came to the club in the recently registered a 1-1 draw with arch rivals Birmingham City at the St Andrews. Even though it is only a draw, it is a mightily important result for the team considering that it was against their rivals.
One of the struggles for Villa continue to be defending as they have kept only one clean sheet in the last four games. Still, Gary Gardner is extremely happy with the team has been functioning in the last two matches. He says that Bruce gives a lot of confidence to the players which was simply not existent before. Gardner says that Bruce differentiates himself from the predecessor by instilling believe that wins will eventually come and that defeats are almost impossible.
The mini resurgence at Villa has saw the club rise up the Championship table. The club are currently 15th in the table.
“Every player knows what they’re doing now. We feel confident.The gaffer’s been there and done it – four promotions, and hopefully he can get another one with us. We’ve worked very hard and it’s showing.It feels like we can’t lose. I know it’s funny to say that but it’s a good feeling to have. Going into games knowing you’ve got a better chance of winning than losing is good. Scoring at St Andrew’s and celebrating in front of the Villa fans was massive for me,” said Gardner.