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Steve Bruce backs Aly Cissokho after his recent blunders

Aston Villa's Aly Cissokho (L) in action with Barnsley's Marley Watkins

Aston Villa's French defender has struggled to perform since Bruce's arrival.

Aston Villa's Aly Cissokho (L) in action with Barnsley's Marley WatkinsAston Villa's Aly Cissokho (L) in action with Barnsley's Marley Watkins

Steve Bruce has offered his support to Aston Villa left-back Aly Cissokho, after giving away two penalties in Bruce’s first two games in charge of the club.

The Frenchman’s handball gave Wolves the chance to equalise at the weekend and his rash tackle against Reading in the Championship yesterday gave the Royals the penalty from which Yann Kermogant scored the rebound.

Swansea's Modou Barrow in action with Aston Villa's Aly CissokhoSwansea's Modou Barrow in action with Aston Villa's Aly Cissokho

The two incidents were further examples of the sometimes rash displays of Cissokho but Bruce stood up for his struggling defender.

He is quoted by the Birmingham Mail as stating:

"It’s unfortunate.

“The one thing about Aly is he gives you everything he’s got.

“He doesn’t hide or shirk.

Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi celebrates after the match with manager Steve BruceAston Villa's Jordan Amavi celebrates after the match with manager Steve Bruce

“(On Tuesday) He was a little bit rash I have to say.

“On Saturday he was doing his best to get his body in the way and it struck him in the arm, it could have struck him in the face.

“He is trying to defend his goal that’s all so there’s no complaints from me.”

Cissokho has an obvious positional rival breathing down his neck.

Aston Villa manager Steve BruceAston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Jordan Amavi looked excellent for Villa last season before suffering a serious knee injury that ruled him out from November. He has struggled to find his best form since his return to action this season but judging on the recent performances of Cissokho he might very well be due a place back in the first XI for the upcoming Villa fixtures.

Aston Villa though will be pleased they did eventually get the win v Reading, a late penalty from Jordan Ayew proving the difference as Bruce got his first win as Villa boss.

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