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Three successive clean sheets: Steve Bruce learning from Aston Villa shambles

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Three successive clean sheets: Steve Bruce learning from Aston Villa shambles

The new Sheffield Wednesday boss is undefeated in three games.

Steve Bruce has wasted little time in trying to revive the fortunes of Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday.

The new boss has overseen three games in charge of the Owls and his new charges are yet to concede a goal.

Bruce replaced Jos Luhukay following some poor form that had seen Wednesday slip alarming close to the Championship relegation zone.

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Following a sabbatical in the Carribean to aid recovery from knee surgery, it was down to work for Bruce.

The proven Championship boss was a solid, if unspectacular, choice by Wednesday considering his unimpressive start to this season with Aston Villa.

His team were one match away from the Premier League last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Play-Off Final.

Bruce was sacked, however, following one win in nine games in 2018/19.

His start to life at Hillsborough is offering the suggestion that the boss has learned from his failures in the past.

Superb start defensively

Already he looks like he has learned an awful from his team’s defensive shambles at Villa Park.


Wednesday were far too easy to beat earlier in the season and Bruce has identified that aspect straight away.

Villa fans will be tearing their hair out at the fact that Bruce has made them a sterner proposition.

Prior to his departure, the Villans were conceding for fun.

Bruce’s team had kept two clean sheets in 13 matches and had shipped three against Preston, and four against Sheffield United.

Two of the Owls’ games under Bruce have finished 0-0, but their fans are unlikely to care.

The rest of this season is all about the new manager learning about his squad.

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Wednesday won’t go up and they won’t go down and the challenge for Bruce is to quickly grasp what he needs to improve during the summer.

Bruce is a solid Championship manager and he has been around the league for a long time.

If Wednesday can keep up their steely resolve then fans will soon forget all about his team’s defensive incapabilities at Villa Park.

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