Steve Bruce: Villa lacked creativity in Fulham loss

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Second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Floyd Ayite proved to be the difference, with the west London side pulling themselves within four points of their opponents.

"Losing Ahmed was a cruel blow, as well as losing Albert and Jack. We must show solidarity and work together", he said. "They give us the penetration and the forward threat", he said.

The Cottagers will need to improve on those performances if they are to get the better of red hot Villa on Saturday afternoon.

"It's the creativity we lacked today and that penetration which we have had in abundance over the last few weeks".

"In the second half we tried something a little bit different, we scored two goals and we could have scored some more".

"All the squad will be needed, not just the players who started today but those on the bench and in the stand".

The result saw Villa fall back to third in the table ahead of Tuesday night's home game with Preston.

North End are unbeaten in five league games since a 2-3 defeat to Middlesbrough on New Year's Day but three of those matches ended in a draw, including two to bottom-half teams.

That's Villa's reality right now, and after this game - we could be looking at eight games won in a row.

"Once Fulham have scored the first, we have gifted them the second and all of a sudden it is a hard afternoon".

The Villans were trailing 1-0 thanks to a goal from Manchester United and Spurs target Ryan Sessegnon, when the call was made to withdraw Jedinak for striker Lewis Grabban. Let us know in the comments!

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