Watford's Troy Deeney explains how he'd react if Aston Villa's struggles continue

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Watford striker Troy Deeney 'wouldn't cry' if Aston Villa don't reverse their fortunes.

Watford striker Troy Deeney has told the Daily Mirror that he wouldn't be crying if Aston Villa continue to struggle in the Premier League.

Deeney, 27, hit Watford's third goal in their 3-2 win over Villa on Saturday, and celebrated in front of the Villa fans - much to the ire of the Villa Park crowd.

The Hornets hitman is a boyhood Birmingham City fan, and was even on the books at Villa as a youngster, so he certainly took plenty of joy out of scoring against Remi Garde's men.

Watford's victory means that Villa remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, and have picked up only five points from 14 games this term.

With Garde in for Tim Sherwood, Villa have changed their manager in a desperate attempt to kickstart their season - but so far, it isn't working.

The fear of relegation is looming large over Villa Park, and Deeney has now been asked how he feels about the club's struggles.

Surprisingly, Deeney admitted to the Daily Mirror that he wants all Midlands clubs to do well, even Villa - but explained that his reaction wouldn't be to cry if Villa do continue to struggle, with his affiliation towards Birmingham evident.

"I’m a Brummie lad so I don’t want any Midlands team not to be doing well," said Deeney. "I want us all to do well and ­hopefully they can pick up. But if they don’t I’m not going to be crying, let’s put it that way," he added.

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