Steve Bruce admitted Aston Villa will have a tough time staying in the Premier League, especially with their upcoming fixtures.
Ahmed Elmohamady scored a late equaliser against Bruce’s Newcastle after Dwight Gayle had given them the lead earlier in the draw between the two sides on Wednesday evening.
The Magpies boss, who managed Villa for two years, gave an honest assessment when asked about his old team’s survival chances.
Bruce told talkSPORT: “There are such fine margins. Such fine margins in the Premier League, so I wish them the best of luck. It will be tough.
Aston Villa fixtures
Man United (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
West Ham (A)
“They’ve got an awful fixture list by the look of it on paper, but they have some good players so we will see.”
Bruce was frustrated that his side did not see the game out against his old team and claim their second straight win since football returned.
At the weekend, they thrashed Sheffield United 3-0 and the Newcastle boss would have taken four points before the games.
He said: “I didn’t think we got to the levels we did at the weekend but the disappointing and frustrating thing for us is that after getting in front and not seeing it through.
“The one thing we have been good at is seeing it through and to give a poor goal away like we’ve done, we’ll analyse that again.
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“To give a soft goal, that’s the frustration because we haven’t hit the heights of what we did at the weekend.
“We had a great chance at winning the match and didn’t see it through.
“I think when you watch all of the games the one thing we all are doing is using the substitutes. It’s difficult times, we must not forget that the players, yes we’ve been training to a degree, haven’t been doing a lot for three months.
“Treadmills, running on streets and in the park is not the actual thing of playing physically in a football match.
“It’s better than nothing so let’s try and enjoy the rollercoaster along the way and I think we are going to see a lot of games like that and we already have.
“I thought it was a better spectacle at the weekend but we will take four points out of two games. I would have took that before we started up.
“It’s frustrating we didn’t see it over the line.”