Saints clash vital for Villa

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert

First published in Sport

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has called for unity ahead of their game against Saints this weekend after the club’s fourth consecutive defeat left them in the thick of the Premier League relegation battle.

Frustration is growing among the Villa faithful after defeat at Crystal Palace left them just four points clear of the drop-zone with five games to play.

Villa must now put the discontent aside and focus on the build-up to Saturday’s crucial home clash with Saints – and Faulkner believes the fans can play a vital role.

Faulkner said: “Four games ago, on the back of two good home wins, we were looking up the table and feeling confident of a strong, positive finish to the season.

“Since then we have suffered four consecutive defeats and that is hard to take. We are hurting. Fans are hurting, players and the manager are hurting. The frustration is shared by everyone who loves Aston Villa.

“Now more than ever it’s time for us all to pull together – fans, players, the manager, everyone at the club. Our immediate focus and combined efforts need to be concentrated on our game against Southampton this weekend and on our remaining games of the season.”

Villa looked set for a fine end to a difficult campaign when they followed up their 4-1 thrashing of Norwich with a superb 1-0 win over Chelsea at Villa Park last month.

But one week later Paul Lambert’s men were humbled in a 4-1 defeat at Stoke and subsequent losses to Manchester United – also 4-1 – Fulham and Palace have left them back on the brink of the bottom three.

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8:36am Tue 15 Apr 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Saints need to improve on this season's home defeat by Villa, and I reckon they can do it.

Boss the game and get the win Saints, as all the pressure is on Villa!!!

And next season Saints will be even better, with more cover for injuries etcetera from better players bought in plus our more experienced and improving home grown academy players.

More quality players will be willing to sign for Saints now because they will have seen on television the great football Saints are playing this season. This is a great time to sign for Southampton FC.

Onward and upward the Southampton Way, improving each season!!!

By the way, Mauricio will sign a new contract with Saints and stay right where he is. Trust in Katharina and Saints' board of directors, our Poch is going nowhere else!!!
Saints need to improve on this season's home defeat by Villa, and I reckon they can do it. Boss the game and get the win Saints, as all the pressure is on Villa!!! And next season Saints will be even better, with more cover for injuries etcetera from better players bought in plus our more experienced and improving home grown academy players. More quality players will be willing to sign for Saints now because they will have seen on television the great football Saints are playing this season. This is a great time to sign for Southampton FC. Onward and upward the Southampton Way, improving each season!!! By the way, Mauricio will sign a new contract with Saints and stay right where he is. Trust in Katharina and Saints' board of directors, our Poch is going nowhere else!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 12

8:44am Tue 15 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

I had Cardiff and Villa down as wins followed by a tough home game against Everton, Swansea away is always hard and then Man U at home. Screw this one up and we could finish what's been a great season on a low.
I had Cardiff and Villa down as wins followed by a tough home game against Everton, Swansea away is always hard and then Man U at home. Screw this one up and we could finish what's been a great season on a low. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 6

9:31am Tue 15 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Another park the bus team which we totally dominated an managed to lose. Let's have total concentration in defence and some serious shots on goal from the front men and the mids. And Luke and Callum/Nat a few decent crosses would help as well.
Another park the bus team which we totally dominated an managed to lose. Let's have total concentration in defence and some serious shots on goal from the front men and the mids. And Luke and Callum/Nat a few decent crosses would help as well. Clever Dick
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

This is where JRod's absence could really kick in. I think the majority of his goals have come away from home, which is quite remarkable.

I wouldn't be averse to MP asking Agbonlahor if he'd like to join the project, for next season.
Still only 27, English, quick and can score a few goals. Would be a very good squad player, and would be good competition and interchangeable with JRod.
This is where JRod's absence could really kick in. I think the majority of his goals have come away from home, which is quite remarkable. I wouldn't be averse to MP asking Agbonlahor if he'd like to join the project, for next season. Still only 27, English, quick and can score a few goals. Would be a very good squad player, and would be good competition and interchangeable with JRod. Costa Baz
  • Score: -1

6:15pm Tue 15 Apr 14

peregrine73 says...

A draw at best,Saints are off the boil now,without jay rod who will score?
A draw at best,Saints are off the boil now,without jay rod who will score? peregrine73
  • Score: 4

11:32pm Thu 17 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Good Friday tomorrow, just hope Saturday is even better!
Good Friday tomorrow, just hope Saturday is even better! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

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