Steve Bruce admits two Aston Villa players struggled against Sunderland

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.

Aston Villa managed to pick up a 2-1 win over Sunderland last night to move up to fourth in the Championship table.

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.

Steve Bruce has admitted to BBC West Midlands Sport that both Keinan Davis and Josh Onomah struggled for Aston Villa against Sunderland.

Davis and Onomah were selected to start for Villa last night, after impressive performances in Bruce’s side victory over Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.

However, Bruce admits that the youngsters failed to show their best yesterday evening.

Onomah actually scored during the contest, as Villa picked up a 2-1 victory over struggling Sunderland.

Josh Onomah of Aston Villa scores his team's 4th goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at Pirelli Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-...

But Bruce admits that both Onomah and Davis were off the pace.

He said: “We have two young boys at the top of the pitch. The two of them were exceptionally good on Saturday, but we found that they struggled today. They found it difficult.”

Keinan Davis of Aston Villa and Alan Browne of Preston North End in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on November 1, 2017...

Villa took the lead against Sunderland through a goal from Albert Adomah, who continued his brilliant form.

Onomah then hit the back of the net, as Villa looked to be on their way to a comfortable three points, before Sunderland mounted some sort of fightback.

Lewis Grabban did net for Chris Coleman’s men, but Villa held on for the victory, which has elevated them into fourth place in the Championship table.

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