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Best of Bruce: Five results

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Best of Bruce: Five results

It's happy anniversary to our manager Steve Bruce, who joined us on this day 12 months ago. 

Taking over with us in the lower echelons of the Championship, Bruce has steadied the ship and begun shaping Villa's promotion bid this season. 

Here, we look at his best results from his first year in the job.

October 18 2016: Reading 1-2 Villa

Bruce's first win in the Villa dugout came at the Madejski Stadium, just six days after taking charge.

Jordan Ayew's last-gasp penalty secured our first three points in 11 matches and a first away triumph in over a year.

It also scuppered a Royals side that went within a whisker of play-off final victory last term.

April 23 2017: Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

With a promotion bid now on hold for the following season by this point, the visit of Birmingham City was among the highlights of the closing stages of the campaign.

Gabby Agbonlahor netted for the first time in 14 months in front of a sold-out Villa Park crowd, ensuring the derby spoils went our way.

Bruces Top 5August 19 2017: Villa 4-2 Norwich City

With two defeats in a week compounding our shaky start, Bruce required a response from his players - and duly got one.

Norwich, despite scoring twice, were no match for the hosts as Conor Hourihane netted a brilliant hat-trick alongside Andre Green's strike.

Villa have not lost in the Championship since.

September 16 2017: Barnsley 0-3 Villa

With two frustrating goalless home draws against Brentford and Middlesbrough having passed, getting a result at a resolute Barnsley was far from guaranteed.

But with Bruce adopting a 4-4-2 formation, Villa blew the Tykes away with two goals from Albert Adomah and a first senior strike for frontman Keinan Davis.

It was to be the start of a four-match winning streak - which is still intact upon writing.

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September 26 2017: Burton Albion 0-4 Villa

Against Norwich Bruce delivered victory. Against Barnsley he delivered goals.

And on a cliched cold Tuesday night at Burton, he oversaw a scintillating performance.

Davis, Adomah and Robert Snodgrass strikes put the game well beyond reach of our opponents within half an hour.

Josh Onomah then added a fourth in the second half, capping off what may be Bruce's best all-round result to date.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 12th October 2017