Aston Villa set a new unwanted club record this season by scoring a total of just 31 Premier League goals, their lowest ever tally in a single league campaign.
Such an unwanted feat seems rather ridiculous when considering the Villans' good run of form since Tim Sherwood’s arrival, scoring 19 goals in 13 top-flight matches.
Yet the damage was done beforehand under former boss Paul Lambert, as the Midlands outfit struggled to create chances and get the best out of star striker Christian Benteke.
The former Norwich City boss led Villa through a desperately poor run of form, including a six-game and seven-game losing streak with a total of just 12 goals in 25 matches.
31 - Aston Villa scored only 31 goals this season, their lowest ever total in a league campaign. Dour.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) Mayo 24, 2015
Amid a six-game run without a goal stretching from Boxing Day to February, the Villa supporters’ patience had exasperated and ‘Lambert Out’ banners were visible during his final game in charge at Hull City.
The club were deep in the relegation mire, and a drop to the Championship looked an almost certainty until the board finally took action and relieved the Scot of his duties.
Lambert's replacement, Sherwood, started slowly with back-to-back Premier League defeats, but a quick league and cup double of rivals West Bromwich Albion soon prompted a change in fortunes.
Benteke was back to his best, scoring 10 goals in his first eight top-flight games under Sherwood - overtaking Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as Belgium’s all-time leading Premier League scorer.
Villa’s top-flight status has been secured for another season, and everyone associated with the club will be hoping their ensuing league campaign won’t be as challenging as the one just endured.