Aston Villa fan Joe Lolley hopes Huddersfield's weekend win will inspire Villans in relegation fight

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The 23-year-old opened the scoring for David Wagner's side as they beat Villa's bitter rivals Birmingham.

Aston Villa fan Joe Lolley is hoping that his Huddersfield side's weekend victory can inspire Remi Garde's men towards Premier League safety, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 23-year-old opened the scoring in the first minute of their Championship clash against Villa's bitter rivals Birmingham City, before Nahki Wells sealed a surprise victory for David Wagner's men. 

Having moved out of the relegation zone with the victory, Lolley - who was once part of Birmingham's academy - wants his boyhood club to take heart from the Terriers' victory, and use it in their battle to beat the drop in the top flight (via Mail).

"It will be tough but it only takes a few wins on the bounce out of nowhere and suddenly they're right back in it. It will be a struggle," he explained.

"We've shown it can be done and today was a good point so maybe they can build on that. If they win their next game suddenly they are three or four points off it and everything to play for," he added.

A spirited draw away to Southampton lifted some of the gloom surrounding Villa Park currently. Garde's side are without a victory since the opening day and now find themselves seven points off safety. 

The Midlands side will arguably not have a better opportunity to put the kind of run together that Lolley spoke about than they do in their upcoming fixtures. In their next five games, they will come up against both the sides that currently join them in the bottom three - Newcastle and Sunderland - as well as Norwich City, who are one of the sides that sit seven points clear of Garde's men. 

Should they collect nine points from those games, they may just allow themselves the opportunity to believe that they may just pull off the great escape. 

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