By Graham Hill
SHEFFIELD Wednesday Michael Hector defender has made it clear his team-mates want to beat Vllla for Steve Bruce at Hillsborough.
And his pre-match words show that there is more riding on this game than just three points.
Bruce comes up against the club that sacked him in October amid anger among the Villa Park faithful.
Results were not going Villa’s way, supporters voiced their frustrations – and the now infamous cabbage came hurtling Bruce’s way before the game with Preston.
And Saturday’s Yorkshire Post clams Villa ‘lost a lot of friends’ as they were viewed to have hounded Bruce out of the club.
On-loan Chelsea defender Hector echoes that view – and it is clear Wednesday’s players want to do Bruce a favour.
The feeling seems to be they would love to stick it to Villa for what happened to their boss earlier in the season.
Hector told reporters: “Being his former club and how it ended for him, we want to put in a very good performance for him.
“We don’t want to let him down, that’s the important thing.
“On his behalf, it has got to have something a little bit extra.:But it is a football game and sometimes, if you get too emotional, you do not perform and you have to keep a professional head.
“Obviously we want to put in a performance, but for the gaffer, it makes for a little bit extra.”
Bruce clearly has his players fired up for this one – and they appear ready to step it up as a result.
That could throw a spanner in the works for Dean Smith as this game has now become more than a race for the Play-offs.
It is about Bruce gaining some revenge for the way he was treated at Villa.