Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce explains Tammy Abraham substitution

Aston Villa coach Steve Bruce before the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Aston Villa at Ashton Gate on September 28, 2018 in Bristol, England.

Chelsea-owned striker Tammy Abraham did not finish the match for Aston Villa against Bristol City.

Steve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa talks to the press during a press conference at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on September 27, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has explained to The Birmingham Mail why he substituted Chelsea-owned striker Tammy Abraham during the match against Bristol City.

Abraham featured for Villa in their Championship class against City away from home at the Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday evening.

The 20-year-old striker started the game and was taken off in the first minute of injury time, as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

 

When the England international - who earns £50,000 per week as salary, according to Spotrac.com - was being substituted, visiting Villa fans chanted ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.

Villa manager Bruce has explained his decision to take off Abraham when the game was 1-1, saying that the Chelsea-owned striker was injured.

Bruce told The Birmingham Mail: “Do you think I want to take my striker off that late on when we’re trying to get a goal? Tammy was struggling with a calf injury, and might have come off 15 minutes earlier.”

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa grimaces during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Aston Villa at Ashton Gate on September 28, 2018 in Bristol, England.

Satisfying Aston Villa fans

Villa fans were not happy with Bruce during the match, with many chanting for him to go, but the manager’s explanation about Abraham should satisfy the supporters.

It would have been a major risk for Abraham to carry on playing with an injury, and that Bruce kept him on for that long underlined his intent to win the game.

Aston Villa coach Steve Bruce before the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Aston Villa at Ashton Gate on September 28, 2018 in Bristol, England.

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