Jordan Ayew hopeful of Aston Villa improvement after Watford defeat

The Villans are now seven points from safety with Sunderland beating Stoke on Saturday.

Jordan Ayew has told BBC Sport that he is hopeful things will change at Aston Villa despite their loss to Watford on Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets were deserved winners at Villa Park, winning 3-2 on the afternoon to consign Villa to yet another defeat this season.

They are now firmly rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, seven points from safety with just five points to their name after 14 games.

Confidence is naturally low in Remi Garde’s side, but forward Ayew has vowed that fortunes will improve at some point.

“I hope things will change, we just need some luck,” he told BBC Sport.

“It is a difficult moment but we have to keep working and show our character. The players are low on confidence, but one day things will change.

“This season is difficult but I believe we can stay in the Premier League. Everyone is focused, we give 100% but in football sometimes luck is not on your side, like today."

However positive Ayew may be, there is no denying that the situation is a grim one for Villa.

They are now seven points from safety, which not a huge gap to make up, but still extremely difficult given their poor form this season.

Worse still is the form of the sides around them, with Sunderland in particular starting to build under Sam Allardyce, a manager who is an expert in keeping sides up.

He is taken, though, and Villa fans will be hoping new boss Remi Garde can have as big an influence as Allardyce is having in the North East.

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