Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is encouraged by the desire of his new signings
Aston Villa have struggled in their first season in the Championship, finding themselves 13 points adrift of the play-off spots in 14th place.
Bruce bolstered his ranks with seven new signings in the January transfer window with Sam Johnstone, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, James Bree, Birkir Bjarnason, Scott Hogan and Jacob Bedeau coming in.
Villa boss Bruce was hoping for an instant impact from his new-look side against rivals Nottingham Forest at the weekend, but lost out in the final minutes after Ben Brereton scored the winner.
Conor Hourihane in action for Aston Villa
But Bruce, despite his side still being without a win since the turn of the year, is convinced his new arrivals are determined to settle in and get Villa moving in the right direction.
"Look I’m very privileged to stand here and be Aston Villa manager and when you see the support like that they’re terrific," said Bruce.
"I think they realised on Saturday they’ve got beat but I think they realised we looked a half decent team with a threat and played with a spirit amongst them.
Sam Johnstone in action for Aston Villa
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"They want to do well, the five or six we’ve brought in really want to take the club where it wants to get to.
"It’s going to take time, we all know that but there were encouraging signs."
Up next for Villa is a home clash with Ipswich on Saturday (3pm).