Steve Bruce Says Villa Match Winner Needs to Work on Fitness


On the latest MOMS Episode (14) that came out on the morning of the Burton game, a listener jokingly referred to Villa striker Ross McCormack as ‘McPorkmack’ when asking a question. While MOMS had seen his fitness questioned on social media, was it really that apparent?

Going back to episode three of the MOMS podcast it opened with an audio clip of former Villa boss Alex McLeish discussing McCormack’s “puppy fat” issue during his time at Rangers, suggesting that it has been an on-going concern throughout his career.

McCormack popped up with the match-winner against Burton today to seal a laboured 2-1 victory and interestingly Villa boss Steve Bruce directly addressed McCormack’s fitness.

“For me he’s got a lot of work to do,” said Bruce in a post-match interview on WM Radio. “You know his fitness levels could be better, he knows that.”

“He’s had a tough time”, continued Bruce. “Lets hope now that little bit of confidence thing that he’s got the winner, he can go on. It was good to see he got the winning goal and that will help him.”

Bunn vs Gollini vs January Window

Another topic on the latest episode of the show was Bunn vs Gollini, and funnily enough, Bruce also addressed that in his post-match chat with WM Radio when discussing Bunn’s last-gasp save that saved the three points for Villa.

“He’s given us that bit of experience when it was needed,” said Bruce of Bunn. “The big boy Pier [Gollini], he’s come for a lot of money and it’s difficult, there’s not many 21-year-olds playing week-in and week-out, so Bunny’s experience has proved vital and he’s produced a good save for us today.”

New Episode

As well as the ‘McPorkmack’ scenario and how Gollini relates to the January transfer window, the latest MOMS Podcast show discussed the January window at large, the hype of Hepburn-Murphy, Ayew vs Grealish, midfield concerns, the need for decent team performances and answers a bunch of listener questions, including the hypothetical question of having Fabian Delph back! A full listing of the show can be found below.

With Jedinak’s Jungle on a Christmas hiatus, instead we’ve sprinkled some Villa fan versions of popular Christmas carols to capture the festive spirit (and have a few laughs)

David & Dan also discuss what they’re looking for from Villa in 2017.

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Episode 14 credits:

Location: A Moseley pub.

Show Running Order

A second away win
Poor runs banished
Aston Villa the Pride of Brum
A look back at QPR
Bunn call-up clue
Hepburn-Murphy hype
Silent Ground
Fan Duel
A Little Club called Birmingham
Patron shoutouts
The question of McPorkmack
Should we be signing Championship players or looking more long-term for Premier League?
Villa’s social media video highlight naff players
Should Ayew and Grealish be on the same pitch?
Getting Delph Back?
Who would you ship out in January?
What creative midfielders would you get in?
Who we’re looking for in 2017 for Villa
The two-year plan
Bruce’s predicament
Birmingham are you listening?


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Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr

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