Aston Villa assistant manager Ray Wilkins on why the club is not in crisis

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The former Chelsea midfielder thinks the team are doing just fine in front of goal.

Aston Villa assistant manager Ray Wilkins has leapt to the defence of his team, claiming they haven’t been far off any of their opponents this year, in an interview on 'Alan Brazil's Sports Breakfast' show on talkSPORT today at 08:15.

The Villains sit third from bottom after eight games and things don’t get much easier, with a trip to Stamford Bridge up next.

“Goalscoring has not really been our problem, unfortunately we failed to score against West Brom and Stoke at home, but away from home we scored two at Leicester and two against Sunderland so we’re doing ok with the that… it’s not a problem.

“We haven’t been smashed off the pitch in any game we’ve played. We’ve lost by the odd goal in every defeat so we have to reverse that and we have to start winning by the odd goal.”

Tim Sherwood’s men have managed eight goals in their first eight games - with only Watford, West Brom and Newcastle scoring less – so while not a terrible return, it is hardly free-scoring form.

Villa do seem to prefer playing away, with six of their eight strikes coming on the road, and they will be hoping that trend continues at the home of the champions.

Chelsea have started the season woefully and every team in the Premier League will now be fancying their chances against Jose Mourinho’s men.

The Blues will surely turn a corner at some point however, and Sherwood will be praying that moment doesn’t arrive on Saturday.

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