By Amir Mir

Nigel Spink has stated that “nothing surprises” him in football when talking about the possibility of Aston Villa making a late charge for promotion.

Steve Bruce’s side are currently 11 points adrift of the play-off places, but they are in good form having won five of their last six matches.

That run includes beating sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Villa Park earlier on in the month.

Furthermore, they secured a 2-0 win away at relegation strugglers Wigan on Saturday, which puts the Midlands club 12th in the league table.

Former European Cup winning goalkeeper Spink had this to say when asked whether Villa could finish in the top six at the end of the season.

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“I just think we are too short of the play-offs,” Spink told BBC Radio West Midlands. “But who would have thought that Leicester would have won the Premier League last season? Football is a funny game.

“My heart says its too much of a gap to bridge but nothing surprises me in football.”

If Villa don’t secure a top six place then their form at the start of the season and at the start of this calendar year would have hurt them.

Under their previous manager, Roberto Di Matteo, they picked up only one win during his 11 games in charge before he was sacked in mid-October.

Furthermore, under Bruce, they suffered five defeats in a row in February after they had secured only one point the previous month.

After the international break, Villa host managerless Norwich on April 1, that match will be followed by another home tie against QPR, before they take on Burton Albion on April 8.

In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce has revealed what the club need to do to make the top six.

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