By Laura O'Leary

31st Oct, 2017 | 2:30pm

Steve Bruce reveals what Aston Villa need to win promotion this season

By Laura O’Leary

Steve Bruce has revealed that “consistency” is the quality needed to see Aston Villa win promotion to the Premier League.

In an interview with the Birmingham Mail, Bruce explained that being inconsistent last season was what cost Aston Villa an instant return to the top flight.

He said: “It’s inevitable that all teams have [a blip], you don’t want the blip at the crucial time.

“What’s important is how you get out of them, we’ll have to do it quicker than last year because if we don’t I know what the consequences will be.

“We hope we can find a consistency, we’ve certainly responded well this season.”

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The Villains currently find themselves sixth in the table, seven points off leaders Sheffield United after 14 games.

Bruce’s side has suffered three league defeats so far this season, with only Bristol City and Cardiff City having lost less.

Defeats were handed to Aston Villa courtesy of Wolves, Cardiff City and Reading. Aston Villa were able to bounce back straight to victory after the defeat against Wolves beating promotion rivals Fulham 2-1.

Ahead of the next league game against ninth-placed Preston North End on Wednesday night, Aston Villa have been in impressive form having only lost once in their last 11 games.

However, Bruce added that a ‘coupon-busting’ unexpected loss can happen at any time in the Championship.

Bruce explained: “It’s just typical of the Championship.

“We seen a few coupon-busters last weekend with Wolves losing at QPR and Bristol City winning at Sunderland, a relegated team last year.

“That’s what the Championship is all about.”

In other Aston Villa news, the Villains were handed a massive injury blow ahead of their clash with Preston.

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