'Won’t take any notice' - Steve Bruce outlines expectations for Aston Villa clash v Bolton
By Abigail Withey
Steve Bruce has outlined the importance of not underestimating Aston Villa’s upcoming opponents during their eleventh Championship match of the season.
The Claret and Blues host Bolton on Saturday afternoon and will be hoping to continue their recent unbeaten run in the competition after securing three successive wins over Barnsley, Nottingham Forest and most recently Burton Albion.
Newly promoted side Bolton aren’t having as much luck in the competition and are yet to win a single match during the current campaign, but Bruce believes that they will still be a tough club to beat.
“It’s been a good week so far – but we must finish off the week,” the Villa boss told the club’s official website.
“In this division, you can’t really gloat for long because there’s always another game upon us – and today it’s Bolton.
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“It’s important – we can’t just think we will turn them over, that’s for sure.
“They are newly promoted but they have good players, experienced players, players who have been there and done it before.
“They are a big, physical threat. I know they have had a tough start but we won’t take any notice of that.”
While Bolton remain firmly at the bottom of the current Championship standings on just two points, Aston Villa are slowly climbing up the table and are sat in ninth position with 16 points.
The Villains got off to a tricky start in the competition and appeared to have plateaued with a number of frustrating draws, but the Midland outfit picked up and found their feet after securing an away win at Barnsley.
After the international break, the Villa boss will be preparing his squad for their next fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers away at the Molineux Stadium on October 14.
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