Aston Villa earned their first away win since August 2015 as Steve Bruce’s influence looks like it’s taking immediate effect.
Jordan Ayew netted a late penalty to give the Villains their first away win since they beat Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
Roberto di Matteo oversaw a disastrous start to the campaign as Aston Villa leaked late goals and squandered multiple points, to leave the club dangling precariously over the relegation zone.
Just one win in the opening 11 matches – against struggling Rotherham – meant that Aston Villa had no choice but to part with the former Champions League winning manager.
In Steve Bruce, they have found an experienced replacement with plenty of Championship nous.
After a draw with Wolves and a win over Reading, Steve Bruce will be hoping that his team can produce another good performance this weekend against mid-table dwellers Fulham.
The game will be tough, however, and Fulham will be buoyed by their midweek comeback against high-flying Norwich.
Aston Villa have enough quality to see Fulham off, though, if everyone performs to their ability.
This is the line-up Steve Bruce should select for this weekend…