Ambling Aston Villa must step up or face another Championship season | Ben Fisher


Dean Smith’s expensively assembled side go into three crucial matches in sore need of a run of wins but the defender Tommy Elphick expects them to handle the pressure

The good news for Aston Villa is that they can still take points off the eight teams above them but, with 16 games to go, time is running out if the club have designs of avoiding a fourth consecutive season in the Championship. One win from seven matches has left a faltering Villa off the pace, chugging behind in the race to reach the play-offs. For too long, all season in truth, what would be the most expensively assembled squad in the division but for Stoke City have flattered to deceive, a reality that cost Steve Bruce his job and led to the arrival of Dean Smith, who grew up in Great Barr, four miles from Villa Park.

On the horizon, a crucial period of three potential season-defining games in nine days beckons, starting with Sheffield United at home on Friday.

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Source: Football News
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