Villa 3-3 Preston; Enough to save Bruce? I doubt it

Well, I suppose if you were a neutral that would be classed as a great game as the play swung backwards and forwards.
But it certainly wasn’t for me.

We were comfortable when we went 2-0 up, until Chester got sent off for clipping the attacker’s heel. It was a soft penalty award and I thought the red card was extremely harsh, but that’s the way it goes.

But that’s all of the allowable mitigation that Bruce gets from me.

We can all recall game where the side with eleven players immediately gain momentum, but just as equally we’ve seen sides with 10 players go on to nearly win games too.
Through most of the second half we looked poor and it was odds on that once Preston had got their first goal, they’d get the equaliser.
And likewise, it looked certain that they’d get a third.
It looked all over when they did and there was a lot of booing and chants of “sacked in the morning” from the fans.

Fair play though and the lads pulled the equaliser back, via a scrabbled goal from Bolasie, which sent Villa into the ascendancy for the last few minutes.
An intentional push gave Villa literally a last kick penalty, which for some reason Whelan took.
I don’t understand why he took it, unless no-one wanted to.
Whatever, he failed to score what would have been a memorable goal looking back.
It would have massively hidden the underlying problems we have as a team too, though.

And while I massively wanted the win, a little part of me wonders if today’s draw is just pushing closer to the sack?
If we’d lost today, the baying from the fans afterwards would probably have made the TV news.

But with us equalising and missing that last-minute pen, the fans (myself included) just seemed somewhat bamboozled and as far as I could tell, complaints were temporarily forgotten about.

I said in the last post that anything less than a win was unacceptable and I still think that holds true.
Millwall next, who I suspect will prove tougher.

Lose that and I’d expect to see Bruce sacked immediately after the game.

Whatever, he has to go and tonight’s game changes nothing.


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  1. Sidforever
    Sidforever October 3, 2018 at 5:47 pm .

    When I heard on the radio Steve Bruce had been sacked I shouted yes three times very loudly and punch my fist in the air.

    I do agree with a number of comments thanking Steve Bruce for stopping the decline of our club. Unfortunately, it has proven a step too far for him to develop a team where each person knows their position and what is expected of them.

    Are you like me and find the hunt for a new manager exciting? Already expected names of being bandied around. Personally, I would love our owners to identify someone who successfully build a villa dynasty. One that would match and surpass Alex Ferguson at Man United. That is my dream.Just think it’s 40 odd years since we last had someone of that calibre, namely Ron Saunders.

  2. MiffedVillain
    MiffedVillain October 3, 2018 at 6:08 pm .

    Best news I’ve heard all day.

  3. Tekkers48
    Tekkers48 October 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm .

    If we are to show any real ambition we should be doing all we can to lure Brendan Rodgers to Villa. I really think if he could get a way out of celtic he would take it. I think though that it will be some unknown from Europe. Mendes links and all that. I just want to see us play football again. Its been years since I’ve actually enjoyed watching Villa. Whoever it is will get my support.

  4. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 October 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm .

    On a serious note – of concern is that some players have already publicly indicated their concern at Bruce’s sacking – more negativity in the dressing room is what we don’t need.

    However, the players should also look at their own performances because they have failed to meet the standards required of them irrespective of whether or not Bruce got his team selections / tactics right.

    I fear we are going to see quite a lot of turmoil around VP in the coming days / weeks and am not going to expect a massive change in fortune in the short to medium term.

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