Steve Bruce sets Aston Villa a points target for the next 10 games

Bruce wants Villa to improve on their record in his first 10 matches.

Steve Bruce has revealed at his pre-match press conference on Friday, as reported by the Aston Villa website, that he wants his side to take 20 points from their next 10 games, starting at QPR on Sunday.

Bruce suffered just a second defeat since taking over at Villa Park in his 10th game in charge at fellow relegated side Norwich City on Tuesday night.

That loss left his side having picked up 18 points from the first possible 30 under his rule, not a bad total by any means considering that they had accrued just 10 from the first 33 available under Roberto di Matteo.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

That is an impressive improvement despite this week's setback, and has Villa sat seven points and seven places outside the play-off spots ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures.

Bruce is not as happy as he could be, however, and wants to see Villa average two points per game over the next 10 Championship matches, a period running until mid-February.

The Villa boss said, via the club's website: "We’re two points adrift of where we have to be.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

"We’re probably going to have to be more than two points per game now if we’re going to get anywhere near the play-offs. Two points per game usually in this league is enough. That’s always the target.

"We’ve played 10. Let’s hope the next 10 we’ve gone plus two - that’ll give us a chance."

Hypothetically, if Villa were to match that target, they would sit on 48 points after 31 games following the clash with Ipswich Town on 11th February.

That total would likely give them a decent chance of being genuine play-off contenders heading into the last third of the season, but they need to get off on the right footing against QPR at Sunday lunchtime.

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