Steve Bruce is facing pelters from Wolves supporters ahead of their visit to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon for comments he has made ahead of the game.
Talking about the Wolves bench he said that their goal celebrations were over the top.
He said in The Birmingham Mail: “I think they’re vociferous all the time. That’s their prerogative. We don’t behave like that. I wouldn’t have thought my staff would have behaved like that.
“But, look, they beat us fairly and squarely and things like that you have to take on the chin. We’ll bear that in mind for tomorrow but let’s hope it’s us celebrating and not them.”
It was the “we don’t behave like that” statement that Wolves fans were raging about and it would seem that all Bruce has done is stoke the flames considerably going into the Birmingham derby.
Vexed supporters of the Molineux club took to social media to vent about the Villa boss.
Ten points separates the two teams and at one point, prior to the Claret and Blues defeat at Fulham, Villa looked as though they might catch their rivals.
But after a miniature blip in form, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side looks to have turned the corner after their 3-0 midweek win against Leeds at Elland Road.
The Villa manager did also state that Jack Grealish should return for the match but that has been overshadowed.
Based on Bruce’s pre-match comments, and the reaction to those, it could be a scorcher of an atmosphere at Villa Park on Saturday.
Here is a selection of Twitter responses of the Molineux faithful:
Steve Bruce is a proper nut case ay he, can't wait to win tomorrow
— Sunny Bhella (@Bhellaboy) March 9, 2018
"Let's see how they perform in cold weather" " We would'nt celebrate a goal like they do" I'm starting to think there's just a touch of curtain twitching suburban Express reading little Englander about Steve Bruce…
— gareth ondrak (@HackneyWolves) March 9, 2018
Steve Bruce "what can we do to wolves. We've got goals against Sunderland Barnsley and Burton so weve got players who can score goals I hope we do the same to them "……… we're nothing like those shite teams mate not going to be that easy for you lol ???? #wwfc
— ???? (@adamBriant1993) March 9, 2018
To think some of our fans actually wanted Steve Bruce to be our manager all those years ago..
— Gaz Troath (@goldandblackwiz) March 9, 2018
Praising the opposition #AVFC , ignoring the saltiness of other clubs with class ; all with a look of steel in his eyes.That’s the difference between us and them.He’s fired up for this one. No doubt.Looks like the #avfc board & Steve Bruce have done our team talk for us ???????????????? https://t.co/HVHhjqzbN4
— Jack Bevan (@TheNo1JB) March 9, 2018
I want Nuno to give it the maradona right in Steve Bruce’s face tomorrow ???????? pic.twitter.com/0kdr2yYDp9
— Matt Ball (@BallyJNR) March 9, 2018
I was bothered by Steve Bruce for around three seconds and then remembered he wrote a football-based children’s murder mystery book loosely based on himself…
— JP (@Joe_Parker26) March 9, 2018