Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has told the club's official website that he was impressed with Jack Grealish's performance against Cardiff City this afternoon.
Villa went into today's game with Cardiff having managed to avoid defeat in each of Bruce's six games in charge – and that unbeaten run has now stretched to seven games today.
Villa took the lead as winger Albert Adomah scored his first goal for the club on 26 minutes, but Cardiff immediately hit back as striker Rickie Lambert found the net for Neil Warnock's side.
Bruce's men retook the lead as Jonathan Kodjia continued his stunning goalscoring form before half time, and after Lee Peltier had been sent off, Rudy Gestede scored from the penalty spot to seal a 3-1 win for Villa.
Villa now sit just four points off a play-of place after today's win, and Bruce will be confident of a top six finish having picked up such impressive results so far.
Cardiff City's Sean Morrison fouls Aston Villa's Jack Grealish for a penalty
After today's final whistle, Bruce spoke to the club's official website, and specifically commented on the performances of goalscorer Kodjia and playmaker Jack Grealish.
Bruce praised Grealish, who won the penalty for the third goal, suggesting that the game really meant something to him today as he worked hard to help out his team-mates, and revealed that he speaks about the youngster in every meeting as he's such a natural footballer.
Bruce added that he'll have to address Kodjia's role, as he performs better out wide than through the middle, but noted that his performances and his form have been 'fantastic'.
Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring
“Jack is a very very talented young player,” said Bruce. “Every conference, every meeting we have we talk about Jack because you see a natural footballer. All of us see a natural footballer. It’s good to see. He’s still got a bit to learn.”
“But when I see him running back and challenging and tackling for the ball – it meant something to him today. The football pitch is not going to be a problem for Jack. It’s away from the football ground he needs to improve and he knows that he has to,” he continued.
“He scores all sorts. He gives us that conundrum, where he plays better in a wide area, it’s something we’ll look at and address. He’s got six in seven. Fantastic,” added the Villa boss.
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