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By Amir Mir

Paul McGrath has sent a strong message to Steve Bruce by stating that he needs “to work like it means something” as the Aston Villa slump continues.

The Midlands club have lost their last three matches in the Championship and have recorded only one draw in 2017 in all competitions.

They recently lost their unbeaten home record at the weekend when Mick McCathy’s Ipswich picked up a late 1-0 win on Saturday.

As a result, Bruce’s side fell further away from the top six – 16 points – despite their target at the start of the season being instant promotion back to the Premier League.

Club legend McGrath had this no-holds-barred message to Bruce and the club as posted on his personal Twitter account.

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“Steve Bruce is a great manager,” said McGrath. “But he has to see what is obvious to us fans. Work like it means something.”

Villa take on Yorkshire outfit Barnsley on Tuesday night as they aim to stop their recent run of defeats.

Since the turn of the year, they have scored only three goals, despite adding eight players to their ranks during the January transfer window – four of whom were attacking players.

One of those players was playmaker Conor Hourihane, who joined from the club’s midweek opponents.

Hourihane made the switch from Oakwell, alongside right-back James Bree, but the duo have suffered defeats during their outings since their moves.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side picked up a 1-1 draw during the reverse fixture against Villa as they will be looking to go one better this time out.

In other Aston Villa news, fans on Twitter have want this senior duo axed for the Barnsley clash.

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