Aston Villa suffered another disappointing result in the Championship last night after drawing 3-3 against Preston at Villa Park.
The Villans blew a 2-0 lead and were close to leaving the game empty-handed when Louis Moult put Preston 3-2 up in the 86th minute.
However, the Midlands club were able to salvage a point thanks to Yannick Bolasie’s equaliser in stoppage time and could have go on to win the game had Glenn Whelan not have had his penalty saved right at the end of the match.
Nevertheless, it was another poor performance from Aston Villa, and manager Steve Bruce’s future in the Villa Park dugout is now looking even more uncertain.
Speaking after Aston Villa’s collapse last night, Bruce told the Birmingham Mail and reporters: “The one thing I’ve always had is the determination to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in. I’ll always have a go.”
The 57-year-old also added: “The players are trying their hardest, that’s for sure. They didn’t throw in the towel.”
The above, however, is not good enough, especially on Bruce’s part. With the amount of time he has been given and the quality of players he has at disposal, the Aston Villa boss should be offering supporters more than just “determination”.
In the likes of Tammy Abraham and Bolasie, Bruce has Premier League level players. If they are not enough to beat bottom of the table Preston, then there is simply no way he can be left in charge as the man tasked with getting Aston Villa back to English football’s top flight.
All in all, both results and performances so far this season have not been good enough, and that is largely down to Bruce.
The Villa Park hierarchy must act quickly if the club still see promotion as a realistic goal for the campaign.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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