Bruce bigs up classy Gre­al­ish

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - Chris Dunlavy

MILE Je­d­i­nak scored the goal, but man­ager Steve Bruce hailed ‘won­der­ful’ Jack Gre­al­ish after As­ton Villa tri­umphed at Mid­dles­brough to edge closer to a Premier League re­turn.

The 22-year-old teed up Je­d­i­nak to give the vis­i­tors a Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal first-leg ad­van­tage and turned in a daz­zling dis­play.

“He gets you off your seat, doesn’t he?” en­thused Bruce. “He’s a won­der­ful tal­ent. He did all the bits and pieces that we asked him to.

“Jack has grasped the net­tle in the last four months and you’re start­ing to see a real world­class tal­ent. If he keeps pro­gress­ing, he’ll have a won­der­ful ca­reer.”

Else­where, it proved to be a day of draws. Scun­thorpe and Rother­ham drew 2-2 in their League One first leg. In League Two, Coven­try and Notts County fin­ished 1-1, while Lin­coln and Ex­eter played out a goal­less draw.

The sec­ond legs be­gin to­day when Shrews­bury, who lead 1-0, host Charl­ton in League One.

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