Speaking to reporters after the match, Bruce jokingly suggested that the Duke of Cambridge had a say in the team selection and also issued a rousing talk to inspire the players.
"We are honoured that the future king is an Aston Villa fan," he said. "He popped into the dressing room tonight, did the team talk, picked the team and it worked wonders. It was good to see him. We have given him a ticket for the next game!"
Villa's win lifts them to within five points of the top two with four games of their season left to play.