By Harvey Byrne
Steve Bruce took charge of his first match for Aston Villa on Saturday during the 1-1 draw against Wolves – and supporters took to Twitter to state he still had a lot of work to do.
The Villans were held to a stalemate by their Midlands rivals at Villa Park with a penalty from Jonathan Kodjia cancelled out by another penalty from Helder Costa.
The fixture marked Bruce’s first game as the manager of Villa after Roberto di Matteo was sacked during the international break following a 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Preston.
Fans took to social media after the match to state that Bruce needed time with much of his squad not good enough for the club.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Just got back from VP how did we not lose that awful 2nd half. But least held on for a point.
Good luck Bruce hope you sort us out #avfc
— Silver Arrows Villan (@Ossie12Simon) October 15, 2016
All our 'fans' moaning already. Point gained in my eyes, and it'll take a lot of time before we see anything Bruce will be happy with #avfc
— Dale Birch ⚡️ (@BattleBorn__) October 15, 2016
Bruce tried to make things simple today. Played players in their best position in a balanced team. I hope he learned a lot. #avfc
— Oakley Doakley (@Gazoaks) October 15, 2016
That was awful tonight. I'm not blaming Bruce whatsoever, but it just confirms my opinion of some players we have #avfc
— David Summers (@davidsummers64) October 15, 2016
I have faith in Bruce to turn us around. Give him a while. #avfc
— 🏴🏴 (@Elliot_1874) October 15, 2016
The man-mgt priority for Bruce @ #avfc is to phone Gil, Sanchez, even Veretout & persuade them they have a future in B6. This MF is woeful.
— Kezz AVFC (@KezzAVFC) October 15, 2016
— I Wright (@IWright03) October 15, 2016
Villa are now sat in 20th place in the Championship table with just one win coming from their opening 12 fixtures.
They will be keen to turn around their poor form as quickly as possible after pre-season optimism following their relegation from the Premier League last season.
The club broke two Championship incoming transfer records in the summer with the purchases of striker duo Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia with owner Tony Xia looking to bring some success to the Midlands outfit.
In other Aston Villa news, fans reacted on Twitter to Micah Richards’ performance against Wolves.