Steve Bruce says Aston Villa must be in promotion hunt this season

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce was delighted with his side's performance in their 2-0 win at Preston in the Sky Bet Championship.

Steve Bruce saw his Aston Villa side climb back into the play-off positions and then summed up their campaign so far as "ok".

Villa are in fifth spot in the Sky Bet Championship after goals from James Chester and Robert Snodgrass earned a 2-0 victory away at Preston North End on Wednesday evening.

But Bruce refused to get excited about their form, insisting his team ought to be challenging for promotion to the Premier League this season.

"We can't get carried away with it," he told Sky Sports.

"We're Aston Villa and we've got to be there or there abouts.

"It's taken a long time to get there and just at the moment we are doing ok. That's all it is.

"We are going into the winter period and we've had a decent start and that gives us a decent platform."

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Highlights of Aston Villa's 2-0 win over Preston from the Sky Bet Championship.

Teenager Keinan Davis started up front for Villa due to an injury to leading striker Jonathan Kodjia and was handed the Man of the Match award by Sky Sports.

And Bruce praised the 19-year-old's impact this season, while insisting there are still areas for improvement.

"He's got a big future the kid, we think," he added.

"He's got to improve a little bit on his finishing and he's still got a long way to go, of course, but he has showed remarkable form over the last few weeks for where he's come from.

"The big thing is he must maintain it and keep going."

Preston boss Alex Neil says the two early goals killed off the game for his side.

Preston North End boss Alex Neil bemoaned the number of defensive injuries his side has suffered.

He said: "Goals change games, if we get that next goal at 1-0 the game changes again and we get a lift from that.

"The second goal is a sloppy pass and from that point, against an experienced team who were happy to sit behind the ball, we found it difficult to break them down.

"We tried to work it wide, we tried to play direct but we weren't effective enough in trying to get that goal. When they got key moments in the game the ball went in the back of the net."

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