Villa Park was rocking for the 5:30pm clash against local rivals Wolves last time out with the team producing a magnificent performance to beat the leaders 4-1. I do think we let some of the "flops" go far too soon.
When Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason toe-poked a shot past Wolves keeper John Ruddy in the 84th minute, the Villa fans could celebrate a victory that pushes them closer to the automatic promotion places.
Bruce added: "With the standards they've set, it would take an almighty collapse from them, but this is the Championship and nothing surprises me about how hard it is".
Wolves were on top from the outset and Doherty, who is still uncapped for the Republic, and had also been on target in Wolves 2-0 win against Reading in November, put them in front.
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Bruce has a good record for keeping a cool head in the closing stages of the season, as shown by his record four promotions to the Premier League - two of them with Birmingham and the other two with Hull. "I am not confident of anything in this league because we have some hard games coming up". "That is all I asked for the moment I walked through the door". "They have the players who will punish you".
"It was just the result we needed after Saturday", Doherty said.
"We don't get carried away because, if you do, you get kicked in the teeth in the Championship", said the Cardiff manager, Neil Warnock.
The full team is below and I have to say, I'm surprised having beaten the "mind the gap" "best team in the league" Wolves by so many (how many was it again!) that we didn't get more players in this. "It's not been like that for a few years", he told the club's media.