Villa boss Steve Bruce addressed the media yesterday, ahead of his side's huge clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground this evening, and explained how both clubs' huge reputation within the game makes promotion back to the Premier League that little bit harder, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
The Villans currently sit in fifth position in the Championship table, five points adrift of second placed Derby County, whilst Forest have endured a much trickier campaign, and sit in 14th spot, a full 11 points adrift of the play-off places.
The east Midlands outfit would have been boosted by their thrilling 4-2 FA Cup win over Arsenal last weekend, however, and Villa will be expecting a tough encounter against Aitor Karanka's men this evening.
Bruce addressed the media during his pre-match press conference, and explained how both Villa and Forest's tradition and history makes it harder for them both to excavate themselves from England's second tier, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail:
"I think that’s the problem we all have being at Villa and Forest - they’ve got big histories, big traditions and big supports. It shows you how hard it is to get out of the division. Same goes for Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday…I can give you a list of names and now we find ourselves in the same situation. Everybody thinks, “Well, they’re Aston Villa and they shouldn’t be in the Championship”. We are and it’s difficult to get out."
Villa can climb as high as third in the table with a win, whilst Forest can jump up one place to 13th with all three points.
The game kicks off tonight at 17:30 and can be seen exclusively live on Sky Sports.