Date: 16th December 2016 at 1:05pm
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By Matt Farr

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce wants his side to target at least two points per game to win promotion back to the Premier League this season.

Villa are currently 13th in the Championship, seven points adrift of the play-offs, and they have won just six of their 21 games.

But the former Hull and Sunderland boss believes now is the time for them to push on, or else they risk falling further behind.

Since Bruce took charge of the club in mid-October, the club’s form has been impressive, and they have lost just twice in their last 10 games.

However, their form away from home has been a concern this season, having one just once on their travels in 11 attempts.

Speaking to the media ahead of their clash with QPR on Sunday, Bruce set his side a target of taking a minimum of two points from each of their next 10 games.

He told BBC WM Sport: “We’re two points adrift of where we have to be. Now we probably have to do more than two points a game now if we’re going to get anywhere near the play-offs.

“But if we get the two points-a-game, usually in this league it is enough. That’s always the target.”

Bruce’s Villa prepare to face struggling QPR on Sunday, where a win can see them jump to 11th in the table.

The busy winter schedule continues when Villa face Burton Albion on Boxing Day, before games against Leeds and Cardiff within a week.

In other Aston Villa news, this injured defender could return to face QPR.