"We have to win on Saturday but the top two play each other," Bruce told the Express and Star following Tuesday's victory when asked about Aston Villa's automatic promotion chances.
"There are still going to be many twists and turns. Fulham are there or thereabouts and the way they are performing, you have to say, is quite remarkable.
"But we're still there. With six games to go, we have a chance."
Aston Villa visit Norwich on Saturday, and after returning to winning ways following a three-game barren run, the players will be raring to go against their mid-table hosts.
With four strong teams set to contest for the playoffs, Villa's chances of sealing promotion via that route aren't great, and understandably, Bruce will prefer if his team can go up without the hassle and tough demands of the playoff.
Should Aston Villa win every of their remaining six games, though, automatic promotion is within reach.
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