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Gardner: Bruce has made us feel 10 feet tall

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Gardner: Bruce has made us feel 10 feet tall

Gary Gardner says Villa feel 10 feet tall heading into this weekend’s clash with Blackburn.

And Gardner thinks Saturday’s B6 visit of Rovers can kick-start a strong run at home for the confident claret and blues. 

Villa return to action six days after their hard-fought 1-1 derby draw with Blues at St Andrew’s. 

Although delighted to open his senior Villa account in such a significant fixture, Gardner says the side were disappointed not to take all three points. 

But it’s been an unbeaten run since Steve Bruce took over – two wins and two draws – and Gardner says the impact of the popular and experienced boss can’t be underestimated.

He’s relishing learning from Bruce and is enjoying the work carried out on the training ground. 

It’s important now we go on to Saturday and get three points there. We’ve got to win our home games. Gary Gardner
He said: “In a way, we feel we need to bounce back. 

“It felt like a loss for us getting a draw against Birmingham City. We wanted to go to St Andrew’s and win.  That confidence is a good thing. 

“It’s important now we go on to Saturday and get three points there. 

“We’ve got to win our home games and push on up this division. There are plenty of games left and we’re massively determined to start moving up that table.

“It’s been great to work with the gaffer for another week.  We go into games feeling good. I can’t see us losing many this year. 

“We won our first game away for a long time at Reading and we’ve had a good run since he’s come in.

“He’s been there and done it. He’s had four promotions. Hopefully he can get another one under us. 

“We feel confident on the pitch, it feels like we can’t lose. It’s a good feeling to have.  

“He’s worked very hard, the staff have worked really hard on the team and I think it’s showing.” 

It’s taken a while to finally get my chance in the team so I won’t let it go easily. Gary Gardner
Bruce’s arrival has coincided with Gardner’s return to the starting XI.

Known for his hard work and dedication, the 24-year-old, who has overcome serious knee injuries, is determined to seize this opportunity at his boyhood club.  

He added: “I work my socks off on and off the pitch. 

“It’s not only on the pitch you’ve got to work hard – you’ve got to do the business off the field too.

“I just want to keep playing now. I want to take this chance. 

“The club means a lot to me and I want to give it all that I’ve got. 

“It’s taken a while to finally get my chance in the team so I won’t let it go easily.”

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 3rd November 2016