This time last year Aston Villa were in free fall heading towards relegation. Twelve months on and new boss, Steve Bruce has admitted his side are sliding towards another disaster as his side continue to slip down the Championship table.
Last night’s defeat at home to Barnsley has left the Villans in 16th place hovering just seven points clear of the relegation places after just picking up one point so far this year.
Speaking after last night’s result, as reported in the Daily Star, Bruce admitted concern for Villa as they slip closer to relegation to League one unless they can turn things around quickly.
“I don’t fear that but you can’t just dismiss it,”
“Look there’s a lack of goals and we can’t keep a clean sheet either – which is why we are where we are,”
“We have to give ourselves a base.
“We have to do the basics well and that’s what the Championship is.”
Aston Villa have not won since Boxing Day where they defeated Burton Albion. They have since lost six times in the Championship and picked up two draws against Leeds United and Preston North End as well as getting knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Bruce has been in charge of Villa since October, however, the massive job he has in taking them back to where they believe they should be has been underlined by the struggle he has so far faced in their transition.
The former Birmingham and Hull City manager has only won seven games from 21, drawing five and losing nine since replacing Roberto Di Matteo and has just 15 games remaining if he is to halt their alarming slide.
Villa spent more money last summer than Real Madrid and again splashed out in the January transfer window, despite this Bruce has struggled to halt a decline that has set in long before he arrived at Villa Park.
It doesn’t get any easier as next up for Bruce and his Villa side are table toppers Newcastle United at St James’ Park, who were relegated with Villa last summer but have shown no signs of a struggle as they lead the way in the promotion race.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena