Aston Villa’s recent resurgence has been a pleasure on the eye, it may be a little late for a playoff push, however, a strong final nine games will give head coach Steve Bruce fresh impetus heading into the summer.
This Saturday, the Villains have a golden opportunity to make it five league wins in their last six outings as they travel to face manager-less Wigan Athletic.
The Lactic’s are deep in the mire and currently adrift without a captain as they attempt to avoid a return to League One.
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Relegations have followed for Wigan and former successes seem a distant past and Villa really should not have too many issues sweeping a rudderless team aside.
Villa come into the game buoyed by an impressive 2-0 win over promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday and firmly banished the disappointment of a 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield prior, which ended a run of three straight victories for Steve Bruce’s men.
Warren Joyce was sacked as Wigan Manager on Monday after just four months in charge and despite Neil Warnock’s rather harsh comments about not seeing Wigan as a threat under Joyce, he actually guided Wigan to some strong results.
Win’s over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City within the last month was not enough to keep Joyce in a job and Warnock cited his lack of experience as a first team manager as key a reason for not being able to last the pace and improve Wigan’s league position.
Unless Villa win and Barnsley lose in a four-goal swing, then it is unlikely the Villains will be unable to improve their league position this weekend, but another three points will go a long way to giving the squad the belief that next season they will be contenders.
After the game at Wigan on Saturday, Villa then face Norwich at Villa Park, Queens Park Rangers again at Villa Park then a trip to face another relegation threatened side in Burton Albion.
The fixture list is looking relatively kind to Steve Bruce at the minute but it is up to him and the squad to maximise their opportunities.
The playoffs may be out of the question but a top ten finish is a realistic possibility and a must if Villa are to make a big impact next season.