Micah Richards explains what has hurt Aston Villa players the most this season

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The Aston Villa defender has spoken out against critics.

Aston Villa skipper Micah Richards has been speaking to the club’s official website about their relegation scrap and how the players are perceived by fans.

Villa are currently bottom of the Premier League with just 16 points from 28 matches and with eight points separating them from safety and only 10 games remaining the future looks bleak for Remi Garde’s side.

Only a miracle would see Villa maintain their top flight status next season and the way the team has been playing that is not going to happen any time soon.

Indeed after the 6-0 capitulation to Liverpool last month the passion of the players was questioned and Richards has spoken out about those understandable accusations.

“When people say that it doesn’t hurt us, as players, that hurts the most because we don’t want to go out and lose every week. It’s not good," he told avfc.co.uk.

Villa’s latest setback came on Tuesday evening when they were defeated 3-1 at home to Everton.

The Toffees were 3-0 up with just 60 minutes on the clock and while summer signing Rudy Gestede pulled one back it was too little too late.

If Richards and his teammates want to prove themselves, it is time they started delivering the performances that will at least bring some credibility back to this disappointing Villa team.

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