Aston Villa are joint top with QPR for conceding late goals

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The Villans have conceded more goals in the last 10 minutes than any other team, and it may cost them once again in the relegation run-in.

If there’s one thing to be learned from Premier League relegation battles over the years, it’s that there’s always late drama.

Last-minute goals have seen teams both relegated and survive and everything in between, and that will come as bad news to Aston Villa.

Tim Sherwood’s team are currently 14th in the table, just three points ahead of 18th-placed Sunderland, with three rounds of matches remaining this season.

The Villans were poor for most of the 2014-15 campaign, but if one thing has punished them most, it appears it’s last-minute goals.

Along with fellow relegation threatened QPR, Villa have managed to lose more points in the closing stages of games than any other Premier League side so far. In the last 10 minutes of games, they’ve dropped a whopping 10 points courtesy of late goals.

In real terms, that would have seen them sitting on 45 points, safely tucked away in 10th place and potentially even battling it out for a top-10 finish with ninth-placed West Ham United, who they face on Saturday, sitting on 47 points. It would also crucially see them ahead of fierce rivals West Bromwich Albion as well.

And even though things have improved under Sherwood, even he hasn’t managed to curb the late losses of points.

Sherwood's side have managed to concede four times in the last 10 minutes of his reign, losing three points in the process. Those additional points would see them on 38 points, just that little bit clearer of the relegation zone.

So then, if there’s one vital thing Sherwood has to address at Villa Park, it’s concentration. Whether his side come to rue those points lost late on in games remains to be seen.

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