Petrov: Villa are battling to win games, not for our lives

The newly appointed member of the Villa backroom staff had his say on the side's current position.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has said the side are battling to win games rather than battling for their lives.

Petrov, who has returned to the club as part of new manager Tim Sherwood's backroom staff, seemed to take the pressure off the players within the group after a positive week for the club which saw them climb out of the bottom three, and progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after two wins over West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park.

He told the Aston Villa website: "I wouldn't say we are battling for our lives. There's still a long way to go. We are battling to win games.

"We need to win the games. That gives you the chance to move away from this drop zone.

"That's what they're fighting for. I don't think they need to put in their minds that they are fighting for relegation."

Villa are currently three points clear of the drop zone with 10 games to go and face another side that has struggled in front of goal this season in Sunderland at the Stadium of Light - who have managed just the four wins in the Premier League all season.

There seems to be a positive feeling around Villa Park after the past week but they realise they have a lot of work to do if they are to secure their Premier League status, but with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to to go along with the back-to-back wins of the past week, there seems to be a lot more to be positive about in such a short space of time.

The emphasis on battling to win games is a bit different to that of battling to stay in the division. Battling to win games could be the way for any of the sides in the Premier League regardless of their ambition - not just for those who happen to be towards the foot of the table. Petrov's comments perhaps signal another shift towards a more positive mentality, even if the situation isn't so positive.

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