Date: 9th April 2018 at 6:35am
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Aston Villa really don’t like making life easy for themselves do they!

Having seen Cardiff drop points against Wolverhampton Wanderers, victory over Norwich City was exactly what the doctor ordered after recent slip-ups. We took to the Carrow Road pitch and promptly lost 3-1 ending any realistic chance of automatic promotion and denting play-off hopes in the process.

Match Stats – Norwich

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Bruce rightly pulled few punches as he reflected on the game.

“We just weren’t good enough on the day, which is disappointing for a big game like this. We haven’t done enough. We made a few changes in the second half but gifted them a couple of soft goals. It was a really disappointing afternoon and it’s difficult to take at this point of the season. But that’s football.”

Bruce obviously pointed to the two avoidable goals, although he had to credit the quality of their first strike, and he restated his main disappointment was in not seeing the team ‘dig in’ as they need to do when periods across a game aren’t going our way.

With it being a largely flat performance outside of Jack Grealish’s consolation effort, many fans did credit the gaffer’s matter of fact approach to his after game answers but for many it was broken record time as we’ve heard it before and the same old flaws in our play are costing us heavily at the moment.

Bruce is far from having no support though as we do still sit in fourth place.

So Cardiff City in midweek, second place in the table may not be riding on that result anymore but it’s certainly not any less important to our season now.

 

4 Replies to “Not Good Enough For Bruce – Fans Agree”

  • Yes its disappointing that automatic promotion now looks out of reach for us, but now is not the time to be whining or calling for a change of manager. We need to lose this negativity and get behind the team and coaching staff until the play offs are done and dusted. If we fail to go up then complain all you like, but while we are still in it there is always a chance we might do it. Creating a negative atmosphere is not going to help anyone except the opposition. For as long as I can remember we’ve never done things the easy way.

  • Couldn’t agree more Gary but what’s More frustrating is the games we have lost to lesser teams and by that I mean lesser in terms of league position. We could over the season be 12 points better off and actually be sitting 2nd in the league. I am fed up of seeing our so called superior squad fall apart at crucial games. I am also fed up of seeing Johnstone hoofing the ball up to Hogan who is on his own. What sort of football is that for gods sake when you watch the likes of Cardiff, Fulham and Derby and they play on the ground. These teams are the ones likely to make the play off with us and looking how we play at the moment can anyone really see us beating any of them??

  • Yes I’m massively disappointed in some of our losses since the Wolves game as well, but just think we should be staying behind them until the season is finished – people can say what they like then. With the form we’ve been in we need to do anything we can to try and give them a lift and get a bit of confidence back. Agree on long balls to Hogan, its pointless and just comes straight back at us – I wouldnt start him personally as think Davis and Grabban suit our style of play far better. Not sure either Cardiff or Derby play football any nicer than we do, they are pretty direct themselves. Just hope we can get the form back we showed during that 13 game run.

  • Sorry if we don’t go up Bruce needs to go, we have faltered at key times too often this season , we cannot have ‘more of the same’ next season. Our midfield has been lacking in creativity and the forwards are ‘hit and hope’ , how many times in games recently have we applied consistent pressure and the opposition goalie has to produce save after save … not many.

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