Villa manager Bruce rounds on own players after defeat

Villa manager Bruce rounds on own players after defeat

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce accused his players of letting themselves and the supporters down after a limp 3-1 defeat to Norwich City effectively ended their hopes of automatic promotion from the second-tier Championship.

Steve Bruce
Aston Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce with the club languishing 12th in the Championship after just three wins in 11 games. (Action Images/Alan Walter)

REUTERS: Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce accused his players of letting themselves and the supporters down after a limp 3-1 defeat to Norwich City effectively ended their hopes of automatic promotion from the second-tier Championship.

Winger Josh Murphy's curling 25-yard strike was the highlight for Norwich as fourth-placed Villa succumbed to their third defeat in five games to remain seven points behind second-placed Cardiff City, who have a game in hand.

"The players have let the supporters down - and they have also let themselves and the team down," said Bruce.

Fulham look the only side who can catch Cardiff, whom they trail by two points having played a game more, after Aleksandar Mitrovic's ninth goal in as many games earned the Londoners a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Matej Vydra's 20th goal of the season helped Derby County stay on course for a playoff spot with a 3-0 home win over Bolton. Sixth-placed Middlesbrough ensured an unhappy return for former manager Aitor Karanka to the Riverside by beating his new side Nottingham Forest 2-0.

Close behind, Millwall beat Bristol City 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games.

At the other end, Sunderland look doomed in 23rd place after squandering the lead to draw 1-1 at Leeds United. Barnsley, however, could yet spring an escape after beating local rivals Sheffield United 3-2, a result that effectively ends the Blades' playoff hopes.

Hull City definitely look safe after thumping Queens Park Rangers 4-0.

(Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Source: Reuters

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