Brad Guzan explains how Aston Villa can avoid another relegation battle

Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City leaves Villa in 18th place in the Premier League with only four points from eight games.

Brad Guzan has endured five successive relegation-threatened seasons at Aston Villa since former manager Martin O'Neill's departure but, despite their current predicament, the American goalkeeper is adamant that the club have what it takes to avoid a sixth.

Villa currently sit 18th in the Premier League table following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City, having taken just four points from their eight games and lost their past four matches.

Without a top-flight victory since the 1-0 opening day win at Bournemouth, they now go into the international break four points behind 17th-placed West Bromwich Albion and with pressure starting to mount on manager Tim Sherwood just a few months into his first full season in charge.

Nevertheless, Guzan remains confident that his side can turn things around – as long as they show the same kind of characteristics that helped pull them out of trouble last season, when a run of five victories in nine matches during the final two months of the campaign secured their Premier League status for another term.

Speaking to AVTV following the Stoke game, in which Marko Anautovic’s 55th-minute strike proved the difference between the two sides, the US international said: “We’re disappointed after a result like that. It’s tough to take, tough to swallow but we have to find a way to keep fighting and move on.

“We find ourselves in this position again so we have to have that same character, belief, fight and spirit – all the little things that help you get out of tough times. The talent is definitely there but we just have to find a way to get results.

 2015-16 Premier League Goals ConcededErrors Lead To GoalClean SheetsSaves GAMESave PercentageTotal Crosses Claimed GAMECross Claim AccuracyGoal Kick AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Brad Guzan 13 0 1 3.63 69% 2.38 100% 55% 8 720

“You have to be looking forward because there’s nothing we can to do change the past results,” he continued. “You have to find a way to change the future and you do that with hard work, determination, spirit and belief, and obviously the talent that we have.

“We know it’s disappointing for the fans – it’s disappointing from our point of view – but we’re continuing to stick together and we’re going to need them more than ever.”

Villa’s league schedule after the international break does not make for pleasant reading, however, as they face Chelsea, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Everton, Watford, Southampton and Arsenal, respectively, in the lead-up to the festive period.

Give the way they have been playing lately, it’s hard to see them picking up many points from those eight fixtures, which could leave Sherwood in serious trouble come Christmas.

His revamped squad certainly has a great deal of promising quality in the likes of Adama Traore, Jack Grealish and Carles Gil, but time is fast running out for him to prove that he can do a better job than beleaguered predecessors Gerard Houllier, Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert.

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