Darren Bent: Villa have to start winning at home now

Aston Villa striker Darren BentCaptain Darren Bent admits the time has come for Aston Villa to bring Premier League victories back to Villa Park ahead of tomorrow’s home clash against Swansea.

Villa’s previous league win – and last in front of their own fans – was six months ago in the last-gasp 1-0 success against Fulham on March 10. That is their only top-flight victory in the past 14 attempts at Villa Park and the claret and blues picked up three points at home just four times last season. Before Fulham, the previous home league win was against Paul Lambert’s Norwich on November 5 last year.

A depressing defeat to Everton during Lambert’s introduction to Villa fans last month suggested the home hangover has been carried over to this campaign. And Bent, who scored in the Capital Cup win over Tranmere at Villa Park, admits the club must rediscover a winning habit in the league, especially on home territory. He told the Birmingham Mail:

“Our home form hasn’t been good enough and we need to start putting that right. We need to be having better performances and results to give the fans something to cheer about. They have shown they will get behind us even when we are not doing well. It’s been hard for them, but they still come and support us. They have been brilliant in the time that I have been here, to be fair. So if we can get them going by playing well then that can only be good for the team and the fans.”

Aston Villa face a tough home fixture against Swansea City on Saturday.

 
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