By Will Butcher

Ian Taylor has revealed he was “gutted” at seeing Aston Villa fail to hold on to their 1-0 lead against rivals Birmingham City.

Steve Bruce’s side conceded in the second half after Solihull-born star Gary Gardner had given the Midlands giants the lead in the first 45 minutes with a wonderful looping header.

Taylor, who played for Villa between 1994 and 2003, revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was “gutted” but that there was plenty of positives to take from the 1-1 draw.

Birmingham midfielder David Davis secured a point for Gary Rowett’s side in the 71st minute, as he struck home a superb low shot past Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from the edge of the area.

The draw maintains Steve Bruce’s unbeaten start to life as Aston Villa manager, after securing wins against Fulham and Reading.

However, Davis’ equaliser means Villa remain in the lower half of the Championship table, as they sit in 16th following the sacking of Italian boss Roberto Di Matteo.

One positive that Taylor mentioned could be the return of forgotten striker Gabby Agbonlahor, who made his first appearance in seven months for Villa with a late cameo role against the Blues.

Villa next face Championship strugglers Blackburn at home on Saturday, as they look to make it five games without loss under Bruce.

In other Aston Villa news, fans have reacted to Jordan Amavi’s performance on Twitter.