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Game #5455

Aston Villa

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Lost

12th (-8)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Championship

Attendance: 26,030

Sheffield United

Bramall Lane

Villa suffer their first Championship defeat of the season but a chastening one as they go four games without a win with pressure ramping up on Steve Bruce.

Sheffield United

4-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Glenn Whelan | 61โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Not even Anwar can save us, 1 September 2018

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 1 September 2018

๐Ÿฅ… | 6โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Sheffield United), Jack Oโ€™Connell
๐Ÿฅ… | 23โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Sheffield United), Mark Duffy
๐Ÿฅ… | 41โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Sheffield United), Oliver Norwood
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Sheffield United 3-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 49โ€™ Goal, 0-4, (Sheffield United), Billy Sharp
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 1-4, Anwar El Ghazi, Assist by Glenn Whelan
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Axel Tuanzebe, Sub on, Conor Hourihane
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Alan Hutton, Sub on, Neil Taylor
๐ŸŸจ | 83โ€™ Booking, Jack Grealish for a bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Sheffield United 4-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

With problems on the pitch, in the background Steve Bruce saw fit to send first team talent Tommy Elphick and Andrรฉ Green out on loan with Jed Steer already away from the club despite obvious concerns over his replacement Andrรฉ Moreira.

On the pitch Villaโ€™s underwhelming season to date became a full blown crisis with a torrid performance at Bramall Lane with the only positives being Anwar El Ghaziโ€™s first goal for the club and the fact that the failings of the current set up were too bold to ignore. Failings that were not being helped by Steve Bruceโ€™s increasingly ill-judged siege mentality and imagined enemies.

Change was needed it was just a case of how much credit Steve Bruce had in the bank after his commendable handling of the issues that had plagued Villa in 2017-18.

Forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy made his final appearance for Villa aged 19 before being released by the club in June 2020. Hepburn-Murphy made 17 appearances for Villa without scoring.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Sheffield United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1924โ€“25

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sheffield United

Previous 5 vs. Sheffield United: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #8 |
League Game | #6 |
Manager Game | #97 |
Saturday, 1 September 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2016-2018
Referee: James Linington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Isle of Wight, 2008-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 97 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 45 ๐ŸŸจ | 22 ๐ŸŸฅ 30 | 1.62

Career Form:

Top 6

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: James Linington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Isle of Wight, 2008-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 13 Jan 018, Villa 1-0 Forest (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: James Wilson, Rob Merchant

Cards:

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Sheffield United

๐ŸŸจ

James Linington

TEAM NEWS

Another round of changes after being knocked out of the EFL Cup by League One Burton. ร˜rjan Nyland, James Chester, Glenn Whelan, John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Jonathan Kodija and Ahmed Elmohamady recalled with once again only Axel Tuanzebe and Anwar El Ghazi remaining from the defeated Cup side.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.28 |
Oldest Player: M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 34.66 |
Youngest Player: CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.81 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Chris Wilder | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |
CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

Sheffield United

GK Dean Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Enda Stevens (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Jack Oโ€™Connell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Chris Basham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB John Egan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Kieron Freeman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M John Fleck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Oliver Norwood | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ |
M Mark Duffy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Billy Sharp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF David McGoldrick | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M John Lundstram | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M John Fleck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | LB Danny Lafferty | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | for M Mark Duffy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Conor Washington | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | for CF Billy Sharp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andrรฉ Moreira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Simon Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Stearman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Coutts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Ben Woodburn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ44.28m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ3.15m
Team Cost: ยฃ47.43m
Squad Cost: ยฃ55.44m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ2.70m |
GK Andrรฉ Moreira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.15m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Exchange |

CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.06m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.80m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ6.35m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.48m
Team Cost: ยฃ6.83m
Squad Cost: ยฃ8.10m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 15/18
Homegrown: โญ•/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Simon Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.50m |
GK Dean Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

LB Enda Stevens (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
RB Kieron Freeman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |
LB Danny Lafferty | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | Free |

CB John Egan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.86m |
CB Richard Stearman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.77m |
CB Jack Oโ€™Connell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Chris Basham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Oliver Norwood | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ยฃ1.89m |
M John Lundstram | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.48m |
M John Fleck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |
M Mark Duffy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Paul Coutts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |
M Ben Woodburn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Loan |

CF Billy Sharp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.60m |
CF David McGoldrick | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
CF Conor Washington | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Out on Loan | 7 |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Small Heath
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Charlton
CB Easah Suliman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Emmen
RB Mitch Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Portsmouth
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hull

Not Selected | 1 |
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

โ€‹

Match Symbols:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 61%
Possession A | 39%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 18

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

โ€œIs there anybody better [than me]? Iโ€™m sure people are going to ring in and say โ€˜yes there isโ€™, and if thatโ€™s the case so be it.โ€

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 1 September 2018

*Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says his players must take some of the blame after his side were crushed at Sheffield United.*

First-half goals from Jack Oโ€™Connell, Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood set the Blades on their way to a fourth successive second-tier victory.

A disastrous afternoon for Bruce continued after the interval as Billy Sharp pounced on some slapdash defending to add a fourth goal, before Anwar El Ghaziโ€™s consolation effort.

โ€œUltimately I take the responsibility because I pick the players, but some of them have got to have a look at themselves too,โ€ Bruce told BBC WM.

โ€œFrom back to front we were awful in a lot of aspects, but Iโ€™ve mentioned it far too many times, itโ€™s arguably the worst one Iโ€™ve faced, but thatโ€™s the way it is.

โ€œWe can talk about tactics and โ€˜you donโ€™t know what youโ€™re doingโ€™ and โ€˜dinosaurs are going to come outโ€™, but at the end of the day we didnโ€™t put our boots on.โ€

Bruce was without two of his newest loan recruits as Yannick Bolasie was unfit while Tammy Abraham was ineligible - while he revealed that John McGinn, Alan Hutton and Jonathan Kodjia played despite not training all week due to injuries.

It could have been far worse for the visitors - who suffered their biggest loss since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2016 - as Norwood hit the post after providing the cross for Oโ€™Connellโ€™s early headed opener.

There was also a goal ruled out for offside for Sharp before Duffyโ€™s 20-yard shot found the bottom corner and Norwood snuck a free-kick inside Orjan Nylandโ€™s near post.

Bruce opted against making any half-time changes and may have been regretting that decision when Sharp continued the rout after the restart with an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

Lille loanee El Ghazi scored his first goal in Villa colours to reduce the arrears, beating the offside trap before firing past Dean Henderson.

However, it proved nothing more than a consolation for the Midlands club, who were thankful to the offside flag once more when Sharp thought he had added his second and the Bladesโ€™ fifth.

Bruce was taunted by his own fans as the game ended - the travelling Villa supporters singing that he will be โ€˜sacked in the morningโ€™.

โ€œWhen youโ€™re the manager of Aston Villa and you get beaten in the manner we did today youโ€™ve got to accept the flack that comes your way,โ€ he added after a fifth successive game without a win.

โ€œWhether thatโ€™s going to be the case, I sincerely hope not, but Iโ€™ve got to be expected to face that because the first half was my fault.โ€

Bruce added: โ€œIs there anybody better? Iโ€™m sure people are going to ring in and say โ€˜yes there isโ€™, and if thatโ€™s the case so be it.โ€