JOHN McGINN scored a wonder goal – and was then BOOED off the pitch with his Aston Villa team-mates after the 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Scotland midfielder, who joined the Midlands club for £2.75million from Hibs last month, hit a stunning 35-yard volley to level for the home side before fellow-international and ex-Easter Road star Steven Fletcher headed the winner.

But the Villa fans raged at the manager and players at the final whistle having seen their team win only one of their last eight games, including an embarrassing Caraboa Cup exit to League One Burton.

However, under-pressure boss Bruce, who persuaded McGinn to ditch thoughts of joining boyhood idols Celtic, insisted he would not “walk away” from  the managerial position at the club which is now 13th in the Championship.

It was the former Manchester United star’s 100th game in charge of Villa and he said: “I can understand people’s frustrations and disappointments, but I think that’s only the fifth time in my two years that we’ve been beaten here.

“It’s difficult at the moment. No matter what I do, in some people’s eyes I’m not going to be the right fit.

“There’s nothing I can do about that. I will stay on the ropes and stay with it. That will never change with me. I’m never going to walk away from a challenge – and it’s certainly been a challenge.

“In some people’s eyes, I will never be the answer, that’s obvious, but the one thing that changes it is results, so we need a few results.

“I do believe we’ve got the nucleus of a very decent team again, given time.”

The visitors took the lead through Marco Matias before McGinn sizzled in his memorable strike that thundered into the net off the underside of the bar.

Fletcher got the winner with a header from a Joel Pelupessy cross in the 67th minute.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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