Tom Cleverley reveals why Aston Villa should have 'no problems' avoiding relegation

Tom Cleverley

The Manchester United loanee believes the points will come if the team keep performing like in recent games.

Aston Villa’s Tom Cleverley has admitted to the club’s official website that he was “devastated” about Saturday’s late 3-2 defeat at Manchester City but insists that the team’s performance further proved why they should be confident of avoiding the drop.

Villa founds themselves 1-0 down within the opening three minutes of the match after goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s sliced clearance allowed Sergio Aguero to open the scoring, before Aleksandar Kolarov's curling free-kick made it 2-0 with 66 minutes gone.

Cleverley pulled one back with a low strike just two minutes later, however, as Villa were arguably the better of the two sides for most of the game, having become the first Premier League visitors since 2008 to see more possession [55 per cent] at the Etihad Stadium.

Tim Sherwood’s men looked to have earned a crucial point towards their relegation battle in the 86th-minute too, when Carlos Sanchez’s first goal for the club to levelled the scores, but a last-gasp Fernandinho strike saw them leave Manchester with nothing to show for their efforts.

The defeat means Villa now sit just two points above the drop zone with four matches remaining, with both Leicester and Sunderland still having games in hand over them ahead of the weekend’s visit of Everton.

However, Cleverley, whose goal against City was his first since December 2013, stresses that they can take a huge amount of confidence from their recent showings, which include upset wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and believes they will get the necessary results during the run-in if they can keep playing to the same level.

"I firmly believe that the way we played at the Etihad Stadium deserved something from the game,” said the Manchester United loanee. "I was happy to score my first goal for the club but I wanted it to be in better circumstances. I was devastated after the game.

“We can definitely take confidence from the display, though. Hopefully we can do the job this weekend.

"We made some errors. But we are taking confidence from this and not letting it knock us.

"We have simply to look at the last three performances against Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City and if we keep performing like that consistently, we should have no problems."

Following the Everton clash, Villa face another home game against West Ham United and a trip to Southampton, respectively, before hosting relegation rivals Burnley on the final day, when they will hope safety is already assured.

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