13/04/2018 7:45 pm
|Aston Villa||Leeds United|
Hosting Leeds United at Villa Park for this evening’s Championship clash, Aston Villa went into the game knowing victory would close the gap to Fulham to only two points and put us only one point behind third-placed Cardiff City.
That wouldn’t ease the pressure on Steve Bruce’s side as they gun for promotion this year as Fulham would have a game in hand, and Cardiff two, but it would put the pressure on them – so clearly a second home win in four days was the aim.
Jack Grealish was also trying to score for three successive matches.
So how did Friday the 13th treat us?
Well apart from some moments of decent play and the knowledge the margin of victory should’ve been greater, we can ignore the performance. It was three points and we closed the gap. Jack sadly didn’t get three in three but he’ll be happy with the number of points he played his part in helping to win.
Steve Bruce also continues a record of never having lost to Leeds whilst as the home gaffer and that now stands at eight having seen off Terry Venables, Eddie Gray, Kevin Blackwell, Dennis Wise, Neil ‘the Colin’ Warnock, Steve Evans, Garry Monk and now Paul Heckingbottom if the stattos are correct.
Three points though – who cares about anything else tonight?
Oh other than our Play-Off spot is now mathematically guaranteed of course and we should get home advantage for the second leg of the Semi-Finals.