Garth Crooks comments on Aston Villa’s survival chances

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks says that Aston Villa can stave off relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Aston Villa can retain their Premier League status.

Villa are currently second from bottom in the league table with 22 points from 27 matches, level on points with 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers, who have a game in hand.

The Villans are in a bad run of form at the moment and have lost both of the games that new manager Tim Sherwood has been in charge of.

Villa went down 2-1 at home to Stoke City and then suffered 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Crooks was following that game and was impressed with the performance of Villa, telling BBC Sport’s Final Score on Saturday: "It's been a good performance by Villa. They've really worked hard. I think they deserve a point. They've shown good fighting spirit.”

On Villa’s chances of survival, Crooks said: "They are not doomed, Aston Villa. Burnley and Sunderland have also lost today.

“Villa are still in the mix and the way they played today suggests to me there is some confidence coming back into the side.

"Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke will feel good about what Tim Sherwood has said about them.”

Villa did step up their game against Newcastle and gave the Magpies a run for their money, thus the losing margin of just 1-0.

Sherwood’s side had 51% of the possession, had 14 shots of which three were target, and earned five corners.

At the moment, Villa’s performances are nowhere good for a team who want to play Premier League football next season.

However, with the likes of QPR, Sunderland, Hull City, Everton, Burnley and Leicester City all struggling for points, Villa do have a chance of staving off relegation… just.

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