Remi Garde has told Sky Sports’ that his biggest disappointment at Aston Villa so far has been his side’s inability to put in a 90-minute performance.
The Villans have been guilty of showing inconsistency within matches, and that trait was once again on display this weekend.
Villa drew 1-1 with Newcastle United, but their performances in the two halves were hardly comparable.
Garde’s side were awful in the first 45 minutes, but they came out with the bit between their teeth in the second period and caused Newcastle all sorts of problems.
After Jordan Ayew netted a belter, Villa were on top for large periods and Garde has expressed his disappointment at his side’s failure to raise their game from the off.
"My biggest disappointment is that we only played for 45 minutes," Garde said.
"If we can play the football we played in the second half for 90 minutes we will have better chances. We know that.
"It's not the first time we are not playing a full game with the same pace and the same intensity. We definitely need that to get out of this situation."
Villa have drawn three of their first six matches since Garde took charge, but these results have done little to help them.
The Villans are in dire need of victories, as they are already 10 points away from safety, and their chances of staying in the Premier League are looking bleak.
Villa have now failed to win any of their last 16 league matches, with their next fixture coming against West Ham United on Boxing Day.