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The Boss: Bruce on back-to-back wins, Adomah resurgence, Hourihane magic and a big week ahead

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The Boss: Bruce on back-to-back wins, Adomah resurgence, Hourihane magic and a big week ahead

Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following our Sky Bet Championship victory over Nottingham Forest.

His views are below in full.

On the game...

It was a typical Championship match. 

But we took our chances when we needed to. 

Most teams this season are going to come here and set up to keep the ball.

Forest had 60-odd per cent possession in the first half, but it was all in their half and near their goalkeeper.

That's what teams are trying to do to us – come here, keep the ball and frustrate everyone in the ground.

But we stuck at it. It was a moment of quality from Conor Hourihane – a great goal that won us the game.

On back-to-back Sky Bet Championship wins...

It's important that we've given ourselves a platform because we didn't have the best of starts. 

Since then, we've been playing a bit of catch up. 

When you do that you play with a bit of pressure – there's plenty of it when you're Aston Villa.

We're going the right way and I think we've got the squad capable of mounting a challenge.

AdomahGoalNFFCMainWebOn another outstanding performance from Albert Adomah...

He's responded exactly how you want any player to.

There's been no sulking – he's got on with it.

He's back in the team because of the way he's trained and because he's behaved properly.

He got his chance and took it. How can I leave him out now? 

Three goals in two games – it's a great response. 

He's a great professional. 

HourihanePostNFFCMainWebOn match winner Conor Hourihane...

He's starting to produce what we know he's capable of.

It took him a while – we know he took every free-kick at Barnsley and had the most goals and assists.

Thankfully it's rubbing off here now. 

Five goals this season is a great return.

I still think there's a lot more to come from him. He's still getting better and getting used to his surroundings. 

But overall I'm very pleased for him.

On the injury situation post-Forest...

I don't know just yet – we've obviously got a few bumps and bruises. 

Kodjia has lasted 75 minutes, so we'll check on him on Sunday morning.

I'll see how we're looking and then get ready for Tuesday.

On a big week ahead before the international break...

It's always a big week – we're Aston Villa.

The target now is to go and build on these last couple of games.

We're six unbeaten in the league and making steady steps forward.



Dan Connor
By @danconnor 23rd September 2017