The matches against Birmingham City were arguably one of the first that Aston Villa fans searched for when the season’s fixture list was released.
On Sunday, Steve Bruce, who managed the Blues between 2001 and 2007, took his Villans to St Andrew’s.
There was plenty of expectation from both sides given the magnitude of the derby, but in the end, neither team could break the deadlock and a goalless draw was recorded.
Villa have had a decent run in the Championship, losing just one of their last 11 outings, but they were unable to claim a second consecutive victory at the weekend when they faced Birmingham.
After the match, Bruce spoke to the media and admitted that it was unfortunate not to get the desired result, but he is now looking ahead to the next fixture.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 29, 2017
The fans, though, have not been left impressed, and they took to Twitter to urge the manager to change his attitude.
Some also felt that Bruce was already making excuses in the event the team lose to Preston.
Why is SB disappointed not to win as he sets teams up not to lose and just to get a draw
— Paul Oakland (@villaoaks71) October 29, 2017
Say what you like 4 points from the last three games is disappointing, gives a true idea of where Villa are at the moment, not good enough
— Mike Knott (@MikeKnott11) October 29, 2017
STOP BEING NEGATIVE STEVE !! I want you to do well and be successful !! But you need to be ruthless ! Stick to a simple game plan and execute it !!!! #AVFC
— martin jones (@iuvo1) October 29, 2017
Should be more positive. Local derbies almost always give poor games. Lost once in last 11 league games ffs, go out to win.
— Rob Page (@robpage60) October 29, 2017
Better not use recovery as an excuse. We have a big squad. He needs to be more positive
— Ches Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) October 29, 2017
Absolute clown….can't manage a squad anyway. Runs players into the ground
— Richard Vahey (@vaheyrich) October 29, 2017
So Bruce has already started making excuses for the next game!? These performances are a long way off from where we need to be! #AVFC
— Philip Henry Roberts (@iamVilla) October 29, 2017
24hr recovery on us aka the excuse
— Mickey #UTV (@av1_villa) October 29, 2017