Better late than never. Aston Villa are finally taking the right steps in the Championship to bail themselves out of the wave of criticism from the fans and media alike, at least for the time being. After three league wins on trot which comprised of victories against Derby County, Bristol City and Rotherham United, Steve Bruce has momentarily entered into a period of solace and despite the fact that a playoff spot is next to impossible, it is indeed relishing to see Aston Villa ply their trade with some grandeur, which wasn’t the case for a considerable period of time.
Bruce’s men are currently placed 13th in the league table with 45 points and their recent run of form has helped them to move away from the vicinity of the relegation. Here are three reasons as to how they have won nine points out of nine in their last three outings.
Johnstone Proving His Critics Wrong
On loan from Manchester United, Sam Johnstone might have taken a tad bit of time to find his form but he has been crucial in the Villans’ earning three clean sheets in their last three games. But more than anything else, it was the 23-year-old goalkeeper’s knack to improve with every passing day that has played a pivotal role in reclaiming his confidence.
Johnstone has been smart with his reflexes, has commanded the backline meticulously and has managed to keep his calm in nervy moments and all these have blended together to make him a vital part of the return to form.
Wingers Getting In The Groove
The pair of wingers namely Albert Adomah and Andre Green have been absolutely stupendous and have given the Lions a sharp offensive tooth from the wide areas. Adomah keeps the opposition’s defence guessing with his movements on and off the ball and has been often swapping position with striker Jonathan Kodija to work effectively and efficiently up front.
On the left-hand side, Green has undoubtedly been a lot more direct, has shown tenacity and pace to aid Bruce’s side and has contributed much more than what Jack Grealish had to offer.
Jedinak Showing Importance Of Experience
Mile Jedinak’s Premier League experience is certainly paying off for the Claret and Blue Army, as the Australian has flourished as the anchorman: cushioning the back four pretty well, hardly putting a foot wrong and allowing his fellow midfielders to launch forward without thinking too much about catering to the defensive needs.
A calming and commanding veteran was needed by the Villa Park based outfit and the former Crystal Palace midfielder has been all that and more.
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