Bruce slams hideous play from Aston Villa regular against Newcastle

By Harry Sykes

Steve Bruce has admitted that Henri Lansbury’s own goal in Aston Villa’s 2-0 Championship defeat to Newcastle on Monday night was “hideous”.

The Villa manager made no attempt to hide his despair at the latest high profile blunder from one of his players.

The Midlands giants were 1-0 down and doing a good job of containing Newcastle before Lansbury’s ham-fisted goal-line attempt to keep out a Jamaal Lascelles header at the 59-minute mark ended with the ball in the net and the three points all but secured for the hosts.

The victory for Rafael Benitez’s side returned them to the Championship summit and condemned Villa to a fifth consecutive defeat and seventh in eight matches.

Yoan Gouffran took advantage of slipshod defending for the opening goal just before half-time before Newcastle added a second through more set-piece incompetence from the visitors.

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Asked about Lansbury’s own-goal, Bruce said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: “If that goal doesn’t sum us up then I don’t know what does. It’s hideous.

“I don’t want to see it again because it was bad enough the first time.”

Lansbury has started seven consecutive matches since his £3million transfer from Nottingham Forest last month but has yet to make an impact for his new team.

Villa’s defeat leaves them looking nervously over their shoulders as the grim prospect of a second consecutive relegation suddenly appears to be a possibility.

Bruce’s side have yet to register a win in 2017 and the £20million January recruitment drive has yet to reap any dividends.

In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce has shared details of a text message he has received from club owner Tony Xia.

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