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Newcastle boss Bruce: Aston Villa cabbage most unsavoury time of career

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce admits being in charge of Aston Villa was among the worst periods of his career.

His time Villa Park culiminated with a cabbage being thrown at him by a Villa fan.

Ahead of tonight's return, Bruce recalled: "It summed up that day against Preston, cruising 2-0 up at half-time, James Chester got sent off and then 3-2 down with two minutes to we equalised.. we then had a penalty, the ball fell to Glenn Whelan, he thought being the most experienced man on the pitch he should take it.

"He had never scored a penalty in his life, I said give it to Bolasie because he had scored twice. He wanted to take the responsibility.

“I thought it (cabbage) was a ball to begin with, it was a big old thing.

"How he got it into the stadium I don't know. Stephen Clemence miscontrolled it when came in, my reaction was 'what the f*** is that?' It didn't miss me by much, it fell at my feet. I thought it was a ball, the size of it.

"The fans can throw some things, but a cabbage?

“I went the next day so I didn't have time to get angry. It was one of the most unsavoury times of my career."

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