Steve Bruce's comments will make Aston Villa fans feel very proud

dSteve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa looks on with Colin Calderwood during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in...

Aston Villa have enjoyed a respectable start to their Championship campaign.

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.

Villans boss Steve Bruce sat down for his post-match press conference in the aftermath of his side's hard-fought 1-1 draw with Leeds United on Friday night, and offered high words of praise for the Villa fans, as quoted by the club's official website.

The west Midlands outfit currently sit comfortably inside the play-off spots in fifth position, although they are a distant seven points adrift of the automatic promotion positions, with 26 Championship games still to be played.

Bruce took over as manager at Villa Park in October 2016, but it has only been over this past month where his side have really looked like being genuine contenders for promotion to the Premier League.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

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And the Villa boss told reporters how much credit the club's fans deserve for his side's recent climb up the table, as quoted by AVFC.co.uk:

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

"The noise was incredible. I've said it so many times about them, they're fantastic. We could have filled the whole stand if we wanted to. They've done the club proud once again tonight."

Next up for the Villans is a home game against Millwall on Saturday, before a crucial pair of matches against their direct promotion rivals Derby County and Sheffield United.

And if they take nine points from those three outings they will be in a great position to make a push for the automatic promotions spots heading into the Christmas period and on into the new year.

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