Given said: “They got off to a great start with a victory at Bournemouth, but then have struggled. I met Micah Richards in the week and he said they've been playing well and just not been getting results.”
Villa have only won one game this campaign, picking up their lone three points on the opening day of the season with a victory over Bournemouth.
Following that game, there have been impressive performances by Tim Sherwood’s men, but generally only in short spells of games, and Villa have yet to play a full 90 minutes of top quality football.
Richards believes they have been playing well, just not picking up results, and that is a fair assessment.
Villa rank ninth in the Premier League for shots taken per game, 11th for average possession, 10th for pass success, and first for aerials duels won per game.
Stats-wise, Villa are a perfectly mid-table side, but they are just not scoring the goals need to push them up the league table.
This weekend could finally be the time when it all clicks for Sherwood’s men, and if results start to match performance levels, Villa will face no trouble in securing their Premier League survival for another year.