Aston Villa boss says he will not pick players if they fail to do this

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks dejected

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce insists that his players must show full commitment to the cause.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce explained how the only thing he demands of his players, without fail, is 100 per cent commitment, and that he will not pick anyone if they do not give him that, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Villa drew 1-1 last night with Leeds United, but were actually lucky to escape the game with anything at all, after the visitors looked the far more likely to win out of the two sides, throughout the 90 minutes.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce before the matchAston Villa manager Steve Bruce 

And Bruce, who was appointed as manager at Villa in October, spoke to the media in the aftermath of last night's game, highlighting the need for every single one of his players to give their all for the entirety of every game they play, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail:

"It's the only thing I demand [commitment]. If you don't do it, you don't play. Quite simple. I think they realise that I'm pretty straightforward. Yes, you can make mistakes but you have to play as a team. If we're going to mount a challenge then you have to find a bit of resilience in this league because if you don't it just goes by very quickly."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce before the matchAston Villa manager Steve Bruce 

The Villans currently sit in ninth position in the Championship table, five points adrift of the play-off spots, but they have played a game more than those around them.

They will need to embark on a winning run now, if they are to force themselves back into contention for promotion in the new year, and with games against Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North-End on the horizon, they have every chance of doing just that.

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