Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that his side’s return to form has come too late to mount a push for the Play Off places according to the Birmingham Mail.

A sequence of 10 matches without a win has been followed by a superb return to form which has seen Villa win five of their last six Sky Bet Championship matches.

Bruce’s men have 51 points with eight league matches remaining however they currently occupy 12th position in the league table, some 11 points behind sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday.

An unlikely winning run of eight league matches would see Villa finish on 75 points but manager Bruce has admitted that his side would now need a miracle to finish in the top six.

“It’s nice to be in this kind of form, it’s better than the alternative,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail.

“Slowly but surely, I keep saying this, there’s little seeds of recovery.

“It’s obviously come too late, but we’re never going to give up, we never know. We’ve got into the top half of the division now.

“Can we now set our sights to get into the top 10 and then see if a few Devon Lochs can appear – teams falling to bits.

“You saw something the other night, Bristol City turned over Huddersfield 4-0. Nobody would have predicted that but that’s the Championship.”

Aston Villa’s end of season run in provides some tough tests with Play Off chasing sides Norwich City and Reading set to visit Villa Park along with title contenders Brighton & Hove Albion while Villa travel to Fulham and contest a home derby against bitter rivals Birmingham City.

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