Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor admits to relegation fears

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Aston Villa have climbed away from the Premier League drop zone on the back of some impressive form over recent weeks.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has admitted to Aston Villa's official website that everyone at the club was fearful of the threat of relegation at one stage of the season.

Towards the end of Paul Lambert's tenure, the Claret and Blues looked destined to face the drop, but they have been galvanised under Tim Sherwood's leadership.

Sherwood took over in February and he has guided Villa up the table – four points clear of the drop zone - and Agbonlahor is enjoying representing a side that are so buoyant.

"We were in a really bad state with our league position and everyone was worried," he admitted. "I think a lot of players have stood up. That's why we're in a more healthy position to stay up than we were seven or eight games ago.

"There's no reason why we can't get safe as soon as possible. We've got a great squad now."

Villa have rediscovered their attacking prowess over recent week,s and relegation to the Championship no longer appears to be a concern.

Although Sherwood's side need one more win to confirm their safety, they should already have enough points to see them clear of the drop, and that is a massive relief.

The task for the side will now be to build on their form through to the end of the season – which will include an FA Cup final appearance - and ensure that they are not in the same predicament next year.

Villa have the quality in their squad to be competing at the right end of the table and they will be determined to show their class in the 2015/16 campaign.

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