It's a long time since Aston Villa embarked on such a prolonged winning streak in front of their own supporters.
As if Ross McCormack’s late winner against Burton Albion wasn’t enough to give Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce a hearty shot of Christmas cheer!
In his post-match press conference following a narrow 2-1 win which keeps Villa within just two wins adrift of the play-offs, the 55-year-old appeared genuinely delighted to hear that he is the first Villa manager in 23 and a half years to win five successive home league fixtures.
Since mid-October, Wigan Athletic, Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and now Burton have all been sent home defeated from Villa Park, while only Reading have accumulated more points in front of their home supporters than the Midland giants this season.
And 41,000 arrived to serenade a resurgent Aston Villa to victory on Boxing Day, a feat last managed all the way back in 1993.
Ron Atkinson was in charge in the alien era of VHS tapes and one-to-eleven line-ups. Inspired by the 17-goal Dean Saunders, Aston Villa finished second behind Manchester United in the Premier League table. How times have changed.
And, while Atkinson was blessed with one of the finest Aston Villa sides of recent generations - Paul McGrath, Steve Staunton, Dalian Atkinson and Dwight Yorke to name but a few - Bruce’s squad is comparatively thin on the ground when it comes to star quality.
Yet, when you consider the fact that the club mustered a grand total of two home wins throughout the entirety of last season in front of increasingly dwindling crowds, Bruce must be commended for bringing both results and supporters back to Villa Park.
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