By Emma Sanders

Steve Bruce believes under-fire goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini will have benefitted greatly from Aston Villa’s latest 1-0 victory against Fulham.

The summer signing has been criticised this season for some wobbly displays but shut out the Londoners in another demonstration of the team’s new-found resilience.

It was Villa’s fourth clean sheet this season, after preventing Rotherham United, Derby County, and Ipswich Town from scoring prior to their clash with Fulham.

The manager hoped the latest shutout will also give young goalkeeper, Pierluigi Gollini a boost in confidence as he continues to grow at Aston Villa.

“Defensively, when we look at it, I didn’t really see him [Gollini] having to make many saves [against Fulham.]” Bruce told the club’s official media channel, reports Birmingham Mail.

“Whether you’re a goalkeeper or a defender you like to keep a clean sheet and it’s always nice to have that.

“Really we’ve conceded with two penalties so we have defended okay in that respect and that will continue hopefully.”

Since taking over as manager, Bruce has overseen three games in charge and his side have conceded just twice, both from penalties.

They have won two and lost one, conceding against Wolves and Reading but the boss is relatively pleased with his side’s defensive performances.

Gollini signed for Villa in the summer for an undisclosed fee and was a relatively unknown young keeper from Verona.

The 21 year-old has started in 13 of his side’s opening 14 Championship fixtures and has conceded just 12 goals in total as Villa currently sit in 16th position in the league table.

In other Aston Villa news, Celtic could look to pry this recent Villa player to Scotland just weeks after departing the Midlands’ side.