By Matt Farr
Steve Bruce has claimed that Aston Villa must be “consistent” to win promotion back to the Premier League.
The Midlands club finished bottom of England’s top-flight last season, but the recently appointed manager has set the club back on the right path since taking charge in October.
Villa have lost just once in Bruce’s nine games in charge, and have won their last four home fixtures. They are currently 12th in the league, but just four points separates them from the play-offs.
Bruce’s side needed a last-gasp Jack Grealish winner to beat Wigan on Saturday, but there is little time to rest as they go again against Norwich on Tuesday night.
However, Bruce believes that consistency holds the key to Villa’s campaign and wants them to put pressure on current league leaders Newcastle.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “It’s all about finding consistency. Brighton have it, Newcastle have got a bit of it and that’s what you need.
“We have now lost one in nine but this is a big important month. Norwich won by five last week and lost this weekend so we’ll prepare for that.”
Despite their good form, Villa last won away from home on October 18 against Reading, and were defeated by a spirited Leeds side in their last away fixture.
But Bruce has his sights set on catching up with Newcastle, so will be expecting nothing less than w in from his side on Tuesday.
The current league leaders are 15 points clear of Villa.