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The Boss: Bruce on Preston win, defensive excellence, Davis promise and promotion push

Match report: Preston 0-2 Villa The Wrap-Up: Davis, Terry, Gallagher and Neil match reaction
The Boss: Bruce on Preston win, defensive excellence, Davis promise and promotion push
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Manager Steve Bruce spoke to club TV following the 2-0 victory at Preston.

His views in full are below.

On whether it was the team’s most complete away performance…

Well, we played very, very well at Barnsley and Burton, too.

If we’re being honest we could probably have scored a few more.

If we’re nitpicking, we had some really good chances.

But overall, we are delighted. It’s never easy coming here. 

It was very pleasing.

On the clean sheet…

I thought defensively we were excellent - my two centre-halves and the goalkeeper in particular.

Terry and Chester were terrific – their positioning, their bravery, everything.

They were excellent because Preston did ask us questions.

You have to have a decent defence to give you a good platform.

ChesterPrestonOn James Chester…

I am delighted for Chezzie.

I have had the pleasure to work with him for the best part of five years.

He’s a great lad, great pro – he doesn’t miss a day’s training and I don’t think he’s missed a match since he’s been here which is testament to him and the way he conducts himself.

He looked a very good player.

SnodgrassPrestonOn Robert Snodgrass goal…

It was good for Snoddy – it will be good for his confidence.

When it came to him, we all thought goal because of his calmness. 

DavisPostPrestonOn Keinan Davis performance…

We think the kid has a big future.

He led the line well. He has to improve a little bit on his finishing and he still has a long way to go, of course.

But he’s shown remarkable progress considering where he has come from.

He must maintain it and keep going.

On being fifth in the Championship…

We can’t get carried away. We must keep going. 

We are Aston Villa so we must be there or thereabouts. 

We are doing okay – that’s all it is. 

We have had a decent start which has given us a decent platform. 

On Sheff Wed next up…

It won’t be easy. I watched them at Hillsborough the other night. They are a good side. 

They have been there or thereabouts for the last couple of years. 

It will be a good yardstick for us.

On whether Jonathan Kodjia might be involved against Sheff Wed…

Possibly. We will see how he is tomorrow.

We will see how Josh Onomah is, too. He has a sore groin.

They are the major concerns.

On the fans…

When you see them come here in their thousands, it’s nice to reward them with a win and it gives them a nice journey home.

Well done to them.

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By @AVFCOfficial 1st November 2017