Steve Bruce has insisted that his Geordie roots will see him give everything to get his Aston Villa side a result against Brighton today.
While a win against Barnsley could see us win the title at St. James’ Park today, this can only happen if we better Brighton’s result, meaning we require Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa to deny Brighton of victory at Villa Park.
Speaking ahead of the final day of the Championship season today, Bruce said the following:
“I’m a Geordie at the end of the day, my Newcastle roots are still there. My mum and dad and my family all live in Newcastle so they’ll be wanting me to do well for obvious reasons.”
“We’ve now got to repair some of the damage we did last week. We took 8,000 to Blackburn and we didn’t kick a ball.”
“They (Brighton) are going to be right up for it so it’s a great game to finish with something on it.”
“I just wish that the roles were reversed and that we were the team going to beat Brighton and win the league.”
It could be huge for United today if Villa can get a result and Bruce certainly sounds up for it – let’s just hope his players are.
They faced relegation favourites Blackburn Rovers last week but fell to yet another away defeat and dismal display on their travels. It must be said, however, Villa are a different proposition at home, losing just 3 of 22 Championship matches at Villa Park this season.
This could bode well for Newcastle, but with Brighton bang up for it and Villa having little to play for, there’s a chance the hosts have one eye on their summer holidays.
Regardless of today’s result, it’s been a successful season, but here’s hoping we can beat Barnsley whilst Brighton slip up!