Villa fans relishing prospect of reunion with Steve Bruce at Hillsborough

Villa fans are expecting a tough reunion with former manager Steve Bruce at Hillsborough this Saturday.

Damian Dugdale of @AVFCblog said he was sorry to see Bruce leave Villa.

“I’m a Steve Bruce fan. I didn’t want him sacked and thought him very unlucky last season.

“Had he been appointed instead of Di Matteo, I’m fairly sure he’d have got us promoted in the first season and he’d not have had to have gone through what he went through as manager of Aston Villa,” he said.

However, Dugdale does not have faith in Bruce’s ability at the highest level. He said: “He’s not a Premier League manager and by that I mean had he got us promoted, I’d have been the first to suggest we needed a new manager.

“There is nobody better at getting teams promoted out of this League but there are not many worse than him at getting teams relegated into it.”

The Villians will arrive in Sheffield on the back of a five game winning streak, a purple patch that Dugdale puts down to a rejuvenated Jack Grealish.

“We’re on a good run at the moment and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it also started when Jack Grealish started playing again.

“Everything that is good seems to go through him and he lifts the other players. It’s not that they’ve become superstars or individually anyone really stands out, but as a team we look more cohesive and together,” he said.

Jack Grealish has four goals and five assists for the Villans this season but Dugdale believes the 23-year-old’s presence is felt throughout the team.

“We keep the ball better and we distribute better and players work harder to get it back.

“We always look like there is another gear and it’s fair to say that that can be because of the quality of player we have but it’s been a long time since it’s looked like we’ve all sung from the same hymn sheet,” he said.

Wednesday will start the game 11th in the Championship, four points behind fifth placed Villa. Dugdale is backing Villa to continue their winning form.

“I imagine it’s going to be a tough place for us. Bruce is going to want to stop us and he’ll play the Steve Bruce way,” he said.

“Fortunately, our players are better than that and that was one of the things Bruce never figured out. It will be tough, but I fancy we have just enough to scrape a 2-1 win,” he added.

Wednesday play Villa at 3pm on Saturday.