Aston Villa boss pragmatically assesses his side's promotion chances

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa are in the midst of a fine run of form.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conferenceNew Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce 

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce offered his assessment of his side's promotion chances this season, admitting that a top-two finish might just be out of their reach, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

The former Hull City boss has had a major impact on the Midlands outfit since his appointment as manager last month, steering his side to a six game unbeaten run that has seen them climb to 16th in the Championship table - just five points adrift of the play-off spots.

And Bruce discussed the importance of keeping their impressive run going, as they look to close the gap on the teams above them in the table, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail:

“It might be above us to get there automatically because Newcastle and Brighton have had wonderful starts so they will be very difficult to catch. However a month ago we were in the bottom three when we started, now all of a sudden we are five points from the promotion spaces. We’ve had a decent run. It’s up to us to make sure that run continues. There’s still a huge amount of games and a lot to look forward to.”

Steve Bruce manager of Aston VillaSteve Bruce manager of Aston Villa

Since Bruce's arrival, the Villans have looked like an entirely different team to the one managed by Roberto Di Matteo earlier on in the season.

By instilling a certain level of discipline and defensive cohesion, Bruce has created a more stable platform from which Villa's more creative, attack-minded players can flourish at the other end of the pitch.

Next up for Villa is a home game against Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday.

Aston Villa Manager Steve BruceAston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

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