Photo: Steve Bruce sums up Villa fans' feelings during Boro clash

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough played out a stalemate earlier this week.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa fans would have seen Adama Traore's fourth-minute sending off for Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening as the ideal opportunity for his side to get a vital three points on the board. However, despite having plenty of chances to break the deadlock, the Villans could not find a way through.

When the full time whistle blew, Villa were left to digest another 0-0 draw - their second in a week - and Bruce was left wondering where his next victory was coming from.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The problem for Villa is that for all their big-name players, they are not performing as an effective team and their boss has to change that before it is too late.

The return of the previously injured Jonathan Kodjia should help in that regard, as should the return to the fold of the previously overlooked Albert Adomah, but one wonders just how long the Villa gaffer has left.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

After all, there is no way they will want to spend a third straight season in the second tier of English football, but the longer their struggles go on, the more likely that seems.

Next up for Villa is a trip to Barnsley and they need to win that one or the pressure on Bruce could become unbearable.

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