By Matt Farr
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has praised the display of young winger Andre Green against Wolves on Saturday.
Bruce’s side were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat to Wolves, but the Villa chief admitted that Green’s encouraging display gave him something to be cheerful about.
Green played just 23 minutes of the defeat, replacing Albert Adomah as a substitute, but did enough in that short space of time to warrant praise from his manager.
That was only his eighth first-team appearance of the season in all competitions, and he had not featured in the Championship since the defeat to Bristol City in August.
Bruce told the Birmingham Mail: “He was a big plus for us. He’s a young lad with a bright future for us. He’s 18. He’s showed a little bit of quality.
“He’s got on the ball and kept hold of it and that was good to see. He’s one of the bright things of today.”
Failing to make the matchday squad for their last three Championship meetings, Green returned to the first-team setup against Tottenham in the FA Cup, where he came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 defeat on Sunday.
He has featured more regularly for the reserve side this term, where he has contributed three goals and three assists from 10 matches. But his cameo effort against Wolves could earn him a place in Bruce’s starting XI to face Bristol City in a week’s time.
The defeat saw Villa drop to 13th in the Championship behind rivals Birmingham, and means they have now lost back-to-back home games.
Meanwhile, they are without a win since the victory over Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
In other Aston Villa news, Bruce made this honest admission about the club’s striker situation.