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Jedinak thriving under Villa manager Bruce

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak says he's flourishing under the tutelage of new Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce has revived the second-tier English Championship strugglers since taking charge last month following the sacking of Italian Roberto Di Matteo.

Then languishing in 19th on the table despite only being relegated from the English Premier League last season, the former Hull City mentor's influence has inspired a five-game undefeated run that's lifted the club to 14th.

Jedinak conceded he'd endured a slow start after arriving at Villa Park in August following a reluctant exit from Crystal Palace, where he was stripped of the captaincy by boss Alan Pardew and placed on the outer after five years of service.

But after two impressive displays, including a 2-1 win over struggling Blackburn 10 days ago, the 32-year-old midfielder's confidence is back.

"It's been a nice change," Jedinak said of his club switch.

"It's been probably a welcome change just knowing the magnitude of how big Villa is as a football club.

"Getting used to what we're trying to do there and how we're trying to do things was relative to the team - a little bit slow at the start.

"But of late it's picked up, I've given more responsibility and (am) thriving in that environment."

Part of that has been the togetherness of his teammates, but Jedinak said Bruce also deserved credit for his no-nonsense management style.

"He's made it clear and simplified and there's no in between with him - he tells it how it is and how he wants it, and you've got to try and do it to the best of your ability," Jedinak said in Bangkok, where the Socceroos play Thailand in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

"He's seen there are things he's liked and things he hasn't liked, but it's been a steady transition.

"But more importantly, he's been able to get the reaction.

"He's seen everyone is willing and able to do what he's asking - now the test is to maintain it and take it up to the next level."

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