Steve Bruce: This is my best Aston Villa moment since joining club
By Matt Farr
Steve Bruce has named Aston Villa’s last-gasp victory over Reading at the start of his tenure as his best moment in charge of the club.
The 56-year-old took charge of the Midlands club in October last year, replacing Roberto Di Matteo with the club languishing in 19th in the Championship.
His first game in charge saw Aston Villa held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Villa Park, but Bruce admits the following game with Reading has been his best moment in the job so far.
A last-minute penalty from Jordan Ayew had handed Bruce’s side an unlikely victory away at the promotion-chasing side, after goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Yann Kermorgant saw the game delicately poised.
But Bruce insisted to AVTV that it was his best moment as Aston Villa manager because of the club’s long wait for an away victory.
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He said: “It was early on, the second game, when we won in the last minute at Reading. That would have to be the Villa moment at the minute, because I didn’t realise that all the staff hadn’t won [away] for 18 months.
“The way the supporters were, the way the staff were, you’d think we’d qualified for Europe.
“I remember just thinking to myself, ‘wow’. We had one result away from home and look at the difference in everybody.”
He also admitted that getting the phone-call from the Aston Villa chiefs to fill the vacant post at the club was another highlight.
The victory spurred Villa on to a run of just two defeats from their next 11 matches in the Championship, but another difficult spell in the new year saw them drop back down the table.
They won just twice between January and February, proving a damaging blow to their promotion ambitions.
But they head in to Saturday’s meeting with Norwich on the back of five wins from six games, as well as having kept five clean sheets. They currently sit 12th in the table.
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