Aston Villa have ended their six-match winless run in all competitions by defeating Rotherham United 2-0 in a Sky Bet Championship fixture at Villa Park.
Striker Tammy Abraham and midfielder Yannick Bolasie were on target for Villa as they won for the first time since early August to reduce the pressure on manager Steve Bruce.
Despite guiding the club to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final last season, Villa boss Bruce has come in for much criticism this term with his tactics being one of the reasons for the fans’ discontent at Villa Park. The win over Rotherham United may have reduced the heat on Bruce but many fans were left uninspired by the result when giving their views on Twitter after the match.
Wins a win. Some good performances from McGinn, Kodjia, Abraham and Bolasie but under no illusions, Rotherham a poor side. Praying we click and improve. #avfc
— Simon Lines (@simonlines) September 18, 2018
Chuffed that #avfc won but gutted that Bruce gets to survive another match. Bizzare feelings.
— Carl Hipkiss (@CarlHipkiss) September 18, 2018
A win’s a win at the end of the day – but face it, if you can’t beat Rotherham at home there must be something seriously wrong. Wasn’t pretty and wasn’t all that convincing until we got the second goal but job done. Let’s move onto Saturday for a much tougher test. #AVFC
— Dale Parkes (@dale_villain) September 18, 2018
That has got to go down as one of the most boring 2-0 Villa wins I’ve witnessed. Turgid, negative football topped off by playing the last 10 mins without a recognised striker. Take the win but we need to be so much better #avfc #PartOfThePride
— Ben Redding (@benired) September 18, 2018
All very similar to the O'Leary era. Stuck with a manager most of us don't want who is happy to have a pop at us, no atmosphere in the ground and just doing enough to get the odd result. Dire. #AVFC #BruceOut
— Gareth Marsh (@GMarsh79) September 18, 2018
Fed up of saying this … but a wins a win #AVFC
— Luke Jones (@lukasjoney) September 18, 2018
A wins a win, more of a relief than anything. I’m still not convinced. #avfc
— Oakley Doakley (@Gazoaks) September 18, 2018
A reprieve for Bruce, but that’s all it should be. This win doesn’t mask what has been a disappointing season thus far, both in terms of results and performances. He always seems to pick up vital wins when on the cusp getting the boot. #avfc
— Λ L B E Я T Ө (@Alberto_Aveiro) September 18, 2018
Important win for #avfc Rotherham were poor, didn’t ask too many questions but at 1-0 were still in the game & had two big chances to equalise. 4-4-2 isn’t the answer. Two good goals, Abraham & Bolasie off the mark. Take the 3 points in the knowledge we have to improve greatly.
— Lee Inman (@LeeInman4) September 18, 2018
Aston Villa are back in action on Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors to Villa Park.