Em­bat­tled Bruce just get­ting on with the job

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

STEVE Bruce is adamant he will turn Villa’s for­tunes around and says he hasn’t spo­ken to the board about his fu­ture as boss.

Villa suf­fered an­other set­back against Mid­dles­brough on Tues­day night, de­spite dom­i­nat­ing the game and cre­at­ing a hat­ful of clear-cut op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Birkir Bjar­na­son and Robert Sn­od­grass were the guilti­est par­ties be­fore Scott Ho­gan ac­ci­den­tally cleared Conor Houri­hane’s strike off Boro’s goal-line.

De­spite the pos­i­tive per­for­mance, Villa have won just one of their open­ing seven Cham­pi­onship fix­tures and mir­ror last sea­son’s start un­der Roberto Di Mat­teo.

Asked what vibes the pow­ers-that-be have been giv­ing off about his fu­ture, Bruce said: “You’re go­ing to have to ask them that. I don’t re­ally know. I don’t ask that ques­tion, I just get on with my job.

“I feel as if we’re de­cent and we’re a good side in this divi­sion. Whether we’re given time…”

Tues­day marked 11 months at the helm for Bruce, who was left curs­ing his luck as to how his team didn’t mark it with a win.

He added: “I couldn’t have asked for any­thing more apart from to stick the ball in the net!”

In a fur­ther blow, Bruce re­vealed winger An­dre Green faces four months on the side­lines fol­low­ing an oper­a­tion.

The 19-year-old has strug­gled with ham­string in­juries over the last six months and went un­der the knife on Tues­day in a bid to cure it.

> Cul­prit... Birkir Bjar­na­son

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