Alex Bruce believes that the postponement of fixtures could prove both a help and a hindrance to Aston Villa in their fight for survival.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the son of former Villa boss Steve Bruce admitted there was “nothing worse” than having a break when on a poor run of form.

The FA confirmed in alliance with the Premier League and EFL on Thursday afternoon that the suspension of top-flight fixtures had been extended until 30 April.

Bruce says he would want the games to keep coming after a run of five defeats in their last seven games, but admits there could be a silver lining for Dean Smith.

Bruce told Football Insider: “If I was an Aston Villa player I’d probably look at it and go you want the games to come thick and fast to try and turn around the bad form. 

“There’s nothing worse than when you’ve had a few bad results and you’ve got a break where you can’t put things right. It can have its advantages and its disadvantages.

“When you look at it like that it’s a disadvantage but when you look at it where you can recharge the batteries, clear the heads, get a few players back, it can only be beneficial to them.” 

Villa, who currently sit 19th in the table, are two points adrift of safety with a game in hand over their relegation rivals.

They have a tough run of fixtures to see out, with games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Wolves, Manchester United and Arsenal on the horizon.

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