Steve Bruce aiming to right Aston Villa’s rotten away form against Reading

Steve Bruce aiming to right Aston Villa's rotten away form against Reading

Neither Remi Garde nor Roberto Di Matteo were able to guide their teams to an away victory which has now proved elusive to Villa for more than 14 months.The club’s rotten record on their travels was among the “shocking” statistics referenced by Bruce during his press unveiling last week and the manager is not alone in finding the scale of the failings hard to fathom.When Villa last won away from home, at Bournemouth in August 2015, David Cameron was still plotting another five years in Downing Street and Sam Allardyce had not yet been named manager of Sunderland.It’s a record which needs changing, and quickly, if Villa are to realise their ambition of making an immediate return to the Premier League. For all the growing doubts over the quality of the squad and their lowly position in the table, it is still against the form of the top six on which the team are being judged.“There are still 34 games left and that is a lot,” claimed Aly Cissokho. “Of course we have to start winning games and I think we were quite unlucky in the last games we played.“In the last 10 minutes we have conceded a lot of goals so we lost many points. I think when the new manager has time to set up the game properly and we have time to work out things at training I think we will start getting points.”There is also an acknowledgement in the dressing room it will take time for Bruce’s methods to take effect.“The mentality is changing, he wants to change it,” added Cissokho. “To press more and to defend well and then try to play forward all the time, even with long balls so we tried to play like that on Saturday.“We had two training sessions with him and it was tough to do it properly but I think it was one point. We have to take it.”Reading, managed by Jaap Stam, have billed the game a dugout battle between two former Manchester United centre-backs and the hosts are expecting their biggest crowd of the season, helped in large part by the presence of 4,300 visiting supporters.The Royals, winless in three matches but unbeaten at home, are likely to prove tricky opponents with Stam’s possession-based football beginning to win plaudits in Berkshire. Aston Villa to discover Jack Grealish punishment following alleged stamp Aston Villa bl…

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