Aston Villa boss praises attacker impact in victory over Burton
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has hailed the impact of super-sub Jordan Ayew in the club’s 2-1 victory over Burton on Monday.
Ayew came off the bench to assist Ross McCormack’s winning-goal, which sent Aston Villa up to 10th in the Championship.
Villa now have two back-to-back wins after a minor blip in form against Leeds and Norwich, which puts them within just six points of the play-off places.
Bruce has worked wonders at Villa Park since replacing Roberto Di Matteo as manager in October, and is intent on taking them back to the Premier League.
Ghana forward Ayew was part of the squad that was relegated from the English top-flight last season, and Bruce admits that the club’s miserable campaign last term dented the 25-year-old’s confidence.
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He told the Birmingham Mail: “That’s Jordan. He’s come here for a lot of money.
“He came here at a time when the club was not in the best of health. He’s found it difficult. There’s no doubt he’s got ability, we saw that.
“It was a great run and cross for the goal and that little bit of magic is what we’ve got at the moment where we can just produce a goal without playing that well and he’s helped to do that.”
Ayew now has three goals and four assists from 20 appearances in all competitions, just four goals shy of his entire haul from last season.
Having started the previous two games on the bench, Ayew will now be looking to take his momentum into the club’s next game against Leeds on Thursday, where he will be pushing to start the game.
In other Aston Villa news, Paul McGrath has delivered his verdict on Villa’s victory.