Manager Steve Bruce has spoken of his disappointment at seeing Aston Villa lose to Cardiff City yesterday.
Heading to the Cardiff City Stadium for the game, a limp performance saw us go down three nil on the day and it was very much a case of same old, same old with the problems we had in terms of the performance.
We have have dominated possession but we managed one shot on target and Cardiff could’ve won by more with the 12 efforts they registered on goal.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Bruce admitted that pretty much ‘everything’ had gone wrong on the day and he felt the performance itself was on the ‘edge of embarrassment’.
Asked directly what went wrong, he answered.
‘Everything – apart from the first 20 minutes where I didn`t think there was anything in it. The first goal, we made a poor mistake and after that it was, I have to say, on the edge of embarrassment, if I being brutally honest. So it is a rude awakening to us, very, very early again.’
Bruce went on to say.
‘That`s the biggest ‘doing` I think I can remember having in the Championship. We simply didn`t do enough of the basics. Once Elmohamady went off we looked fragile every time they broke on us. I don`t know how many times my goalkeeper pulled us out of mire. It was a wake-up call to everyone concerned, especially away from home. It was a difficult afternoon.’
With the continuation of poor results away from home in the Championship given our efforts last season, he went on to say.
‘It is still there, that`s plainly obvious, and we have to do more. Because we are Aston Villa we go with the favourites tag, we go with the full crowd. One thing we have to do away from home is get ready for what is coming, especially when you come here.’
‘It made for a really difficult afternoon for us where we didn`t do enough of the basics. We were wide open, which is not like us, and of course we`ve had two really great chances at 0-0 and we didn`t take them. But that was that long ago and overall we were well beaten and we have to accept that. I have to say we lost all our shape, our discipline, our balance and that is hard to come by when all we`ve worked on is that over the last three or four weeks. But we`ll go back to work tomorrow and get ready for another game Tuesday.’
There was of course praise for Cardiff’s showing on the day, but again it rubs in we are nowhere near where we should be if promotion is a serious aim.
‘They were very, very good. I thought their centre-forward was excellent. As we`ve said all week, you know what you`re doing when you come up against Neil Warnock`s team. I mentioned yesterday that eventually I`ll get Aston Villa in the same sort of mode. But what I`ve just witnessed today is still nowhere near where it has to be, especially to be successful in Championship and that is disappointing for me. We`ve still got a bit to go but that is disappointing.’
With Elmohamady going off, Bruce confirmed it was a mouth injury that required stitches.
‘He`s got an awful mouth injury – he`s had stitches. His lip is in a terrible way. We will see how he is.’
Now we have an easy game against Reading in midweek to look forward to.
‘We will put our boots back on tomorrow, get back to work and look to respond at Reading. Certainly we will try and improve. Reading is coming up. It`s a tough game. They had a good season last year. It will be a really tough game and we have to be ready for it.’
He ended with praise for the fans.
‘They know what I think of them – they are a quite remarkable bunch. The disappointment is that, again, we haven`t given them enough to shout about away from home. I will keep working at it.’
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