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Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

It didn't affect Fulham's search for a second, though, and Cairney did brilliantly to find Mitrovic inside the box, but his volley took a slight clip off a Villa defender before going over the top in the 74th minute.

The club captain has had opportunities to leave the Cottagers but could now play for them in the Premier League next season.

Bruce joked that would be the case when asked if it was certain Terry would stay at Villa if they earned promotion, saying: 'Well, we'll not pick him against Chelsea if that's what he wants.

It is extremely moving listening to Bruce and not surprising to hear him say that, in the context of what he has been through over the last few months, winning promotion with Villa would be the most satisfying achievement of his managerial career.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Steve Bruce or Slavisa Jokanovic?

He hopes Grealish will give Villa "another year whatever league we are in", but no one inside the club is under any illusions about the ramifications of defeat against Fulham.

"We have an attacking threat that can cause any team problems".

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Villa fans looking for omens will also note that Saturday is 36 years to the day that Villa won the European Cup, beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in Rotterdam thanks to Peter Withe's second-half goal. The former England skipper proved he still had plenty in his legs by making 32 EFL Championship appearances and helping Villa to a fourth-place finish.

The veteran wants to play on beyond this season, but has previously noted that he doesn't want to line-up against his former club Chelsea.

"We're the youngest team", the 49-year-old Serb told BBC Radio London.

"We went on a 23-game unbeaten run".

"It's a massive challenge ahead of us and we believe in our style", Jokanovic added.

Yet even their American billionaire owner Shadid Khan knows it is the prestige of playing Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool next season that matters far more than the extra cash in his bulging bank account.

"Now is not important who is favourite and who is not, we will see on the end".

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