Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton has stated that the club does not expect to be embroiled in a relegation battle, and games against beatable opponents in coming weeks should send the team back up towards mid-table.
The Midlands outfit are currently in 15th place after a poor run of form, but the midfielder does not feel that this is cause for concern.
“No, we’re staying positive,” Albrighton told The Guardian when asked if Villa are fighting for survival.
“We have two games now against Blackburn and Wigan where we know we are good enough to beat those teams. So we’re aiming for six points now, nothing less, that will lift us back up the table.
“We’ve just got to stick together, everybody at the club has to unite and hopefully we can get out of this slump and start winning football matches,” he stated.
Alex McLeish has had to harbour the bulk of the blame for Villa’s poor season, but Albrighton has backed the Scottish manager to get it right with club.
“I’m in favour of the gaffer. He’s been doing well in training for us, he helps us out and he speaks to us, which is what you want from a manager.
“I thought the fans were terrific inside the ground on Sunday, they were brilliant. They got behind us from the first minute, and that’s what we need going through this bad time. Hopefully we can repay them over the next couple of games,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight