Bruce makes surprise accusation about Aston Villa fans after loss v Reading
By Danny Wright
Steve Bruce has surprisingly accused Aston Villa fans of getting ahead of themselves after the signing of John Terry earlier this summer.
The ex-Chelsea centre-back has been unable to help the West Midlands side pick up a win in their first three Championship fixtures of the campaign after they suffered a second defeat in a row at the hands of Reading on Tuesday night.
Villa were among the favourites to secure promotion to the Premier League come the end of the season after they sealed what was perceived as a real coup for Chelsea legend Terry after his contract expired at Stamford Bridge.
However Bruce has now suggested that the Villa supporters have been a little too over-ambitious following the former England international’s arrival and admitted that his side may still not be up to full speed in the wake of calls for him to be sacked.
“We obviously signed JT, people got carried away with the euphoria of it all,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “We are where we are and I’m convinced I’m the right one to turn it around.
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“There’s still obviously a load of work to be done but judge us when all the players are fit and ready and at the minute we are having a tough time.
“We have had a tough start – Newcastle (United) had a tough start last year – we have to batten down the hatches, still believe in what we are doing and get that win which will obviously give everyone a lift.”
Aston Villa succumbed to a 2-1 loss at the Madejski on Tuesday thanks to an own goal from summer signing Glenn Whelan and Modou Barrow.
Conor Hourihane netted a late equaliser for the Villains, but that failed to prevent them from slipping 23rd in the Championship standings.
It is perhaps fair for Aston Villa fans to expect promotion this season after being named as one of the favourites among most bookmakers, even without the signing of Terry, which adds to the surprise of Bruce’s claim.
In other Aston Villa news, Stan Collymore has issued a strong, one-word verdict on his old club’s demise at Reading.