By Will Butcher
Steve Bruce has been named in the EFL Team of the Week after masterminding his Aston Villa side to wins against Reading and Fulham.
Bruce, 55, has hit the ground running at Villa Park after taking over from axed boss Roberto Di Matteo during the international break.
The EFL revealed their selection on Monday afternoon on their official Twitter account, which saw Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez, Everton loanee Russ Griffiths and Walsall midfielder Erhun Oztumer all picked.
Saturday’s triumph against Fulham came after Ivory Coast international Jonathan Kodjia scored a stunning volley to give Bruce his second win as Aston Villa boss.
The win comes just four days after the Midlands giants secured their first away win since August 2015, with a late Jordan Ayew penalty finally ending their draught away from home.
Six points from two games has dramatically turned Villa’s season around, after winning just once in 12 league and cup encounters under former Chelsea boss Di Matteo.
Villa now sit in 16th, five points clear of the Championship drop zone but there is still a long way to go if Bruce wants to continue his reputation as a promotion expert from the Championship.
The former Manchester United defender has gained promotion from the second tier of English football on four occasions. Promoted twice as Birmingham manager, Bruce also gained a place in the Premier League with Hull in 2013 and 2016.
In other Aston Villa news, Bruce has had this to say about under-fire goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.