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23rd Sep, 2017 | 2:58pm

'We were in an awful place' - Bruce makes huge admission about Aston Villa transfers

By Abigail Withey 

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has admitted that he tried to open things up at the club “too quickly” during the January transfer window, when in fact the squad needed time to adjust.

The boss was appointed as Villa’s fifth manager in under two years after he was named as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor in October last year.

Upon Bruce’s arrival at Villa Park the club were in the relegation zone, but he managed to switch things up and guide the Claret and Blues to a thirteenth place finish in the Championship.

The club have had a somewhat disappointing start to the season which has led the manager to reflect on his January signings.

“We were in an awful place when I arrived, a team who had won five times in 18 months,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Express and Star.

“Being difficult to beat, difficult to play against, organised on a defensive structure – that is the way I thought would take us forward, to try and stop the culture of getting beat. I’ll make no bones about that.

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“I tried to open things up in January, too quickly. I bought people in – Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan – who had the top statistics in the division.

“It has taken them a little bit of time to adjust and settle into what Villa is.

“Now, where we are at this moment, we have a squad capable of mounting a challenge.”

Bruce’s side secured their second victory in the Championship last weekend with a 3-0 win over Barnsley at the Oakwell after previously beating Norwich City 4-2 back in August.

Next up, the Villains face Nottingham Forest at home and will be hoping to put their recent League Cup defeat to Middlesbrough behind them.

The club are currently sat at thirteenth place in the standings with ten points and will be hoping to secure three points this weekend in order to overtake Nottingham Forest in the table.

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