It has been a roller-coaster of a year for Steve Bruce hasn’t it?
The 58-year-old started the campaign in charge of Aston Villa with many expecting the Midlands-based outfit to be challenging for automatic promotion after narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League last season. However, a poor run of results for Bruce’s side culminated in him being dismisses as manager in October with Dean Smith taking over for the Lions.
After spending three months away from football, the former Hull City boss was appointed by Sheffield Wednesday and was tasked with turning the club’s season around. Since taking charge of his first game in February, the Owls have yet to lose a game and are now within four points of the play-off position despite being 11th in the Championship standings.
With seven games left to play, Wednesday know that if they avoid any slip-ups and embark on a stunning run of form, they could sneak into the top-six. However, a defeat on Saturday against Bruce’s former side could bring a premature end to their dreams of a return to Wembley Stadium after three years away.
In what is a game that could end up defining their season, it is important that the Owls do not get caught up in all the emotion at Hillsborough and instead keep their cool. Indeed, Bruce will want nothing more than to get revenge on the team who gave him his marching orders earlier this season but he will know that his side will have to be on top form in order to prevail at the weekend.
It could be argued that Villa, who are currently just inside the play-off positions, will have more pressure on them to succeed than Wednesday whose hopes of finishing in the top-six are still somewhat of a long-shot. If this is the case, Bruce’s side should use their underdog status to their advantage by channelling the confidence they have gained over the past two months to secure yet another promising result.
What do you think Owls fans? Is it important that your players keep their cool at the weekend? How much of an improvement have you seen since Bruce took over in February? Get in touch below.
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