Mile shows club won’t be stuck in middle
IF THERE’S one man Steve Bruce knows he can call on in his time of need, it’s Mile Jedinak,
Just when Villa were running out of steam against bitter rivals Blues on Sunday, the evergreen 33-yearold (pictured) was introduced to stifle the attack.
Now some might see this as a negative tactic. Introducing a defensive midfielder for the final half-an-hour of an evenly-poised local derby, and a game Villa were expected to win.
Others will understand that a point on the road under Off came the ineffective “It was important because we had difficult circumstances and Robert Snodgrass and a few problems with their physicalanother morale-boostingity.”Jedinakslottedinfrontof clean sheet will go down the back four. Villa then Keinan Davis’s introduction also as a positive result. took control. helped. He rattled the crossbar from
Thrown on with They didn’t shut up close range, as did Jonathan Kodjia, 30 minutes remaining, shop and protect the while the latter forced Tomasz Jedinak was tasked point. They stopped Kuszczak into the save of the whole with containing Blues from scoring. game. Cheikh Ndoye. And with Jedinak Without Jedinak, Villa could have
Blues’ bustling No.10 on the pitch, they been reflecting on a defeat and the was identified as the created their best pressure would have been back dangerman before the chances of the game. ahead of tonight’s trip to Preston. game and after an hour of a “He was excellent. He Instead, they can go there with the cagey affair, Bruce had seen negated their physical threat,” freedom to express themselves and enough. Bruce said. take the game to their hosts.