Steve Bruce explained how the bobbly Villa Park pitch prompted a long-ball approach in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Preston North End. Speaking for the first time about the deterioration of the previously immaculate playing surface, Bruce admitted it needed replacing. And the Villa boss put his team's direct tactics down to the condition of the pitch as they came from behind to clinch a point. “All of a sudden we’ve got a very difficult Villa Park pitch," said Bruce.
Steve Bruce spoke to the press after Aston Villa's 1-1 draw against Preston North End at Villa Park. Bruce answered questions about the performance, the state of the pitch, the impact of goalscoring substitute Lewis Grabban and Villa's growing injury list. "We found it difficult. Mind you they’ve lost one in 16 games. You can see why they’re at the top end of the league. “A fantastic work ethic, good players and in this league they a threat for anybody.
Thibaut Courtois is keeping his options open as Real Madrid weigh up a move for the Chelsea ace,The goalkeeper has discussed a new deal at Stamford Bridge and could well extend his stay. But Real Madrid are understood to have made Courtois their primary goalkeeping target as they look to improve on current stopper Keylor Navas, according to the Daily Mail. The 25-year-old also admitted recently that his ‘heart’ was in the city, having previously played for Atletico.
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Selecting a term
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