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Manager Steve Bruce admits he faces a lot of work to revive Aston Villa's flagging fortunes after his first game as boss of the second-tier side ended in a 1-1 home draw against Wolves.

Bruce saw his new team go in front thanks to Jonathan Kodjia's 15th-minute penalty, but Helder Costa equalised with a spot-kick of his own in the 34th minute and Villa had to ride their luck in the closing stages as Wolves pressed for a winner.

"To be fair their attitude was great and the blocks and saves we made late on in the game you could not fault, but we tired badly which is alarming," Bruce said.

"We had Micah Richards and Tommy Elphick struggling with injuries which affected us.

"It is fair to say that some players could be in better condition, but I have to say that the hardest part of my managerial career is getting over relegation."

Villa, who have won only one game in the league this season and lie in 20th place, just one point above the bottom three, often struggled to cope with the pace of Costa and the industry of Dave Edwards.

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