Danny Gabbidon compares Aston Villa to West Ham side he played in, makes astonishing claim about teammates

West Ham Upton Park

The Welshman was relegated with the Hammers five years ago.

West Ham United and Aston Villa have a lot more in common than their claret and blue kits, according to ex-Hammers defender Danny Gabbidon.

The former Wales international spent six years at Upton Park, but was relegated to the Championship in his final season - 2010-11.

Villa look certain to suffer the same fate this time around, with nine points separating Remi Garde's side from safety and only eight games in which to rectify their situation.

To make matters worse, the Villa Park atmosphere appears to have hit an all-time low, with Tottenham Hotspur supporters even joining in the home fans' protests on Sunday - which ended in another league defeat for the home side.

It's a scenario that Gabbidon is certainly no stranger to. "It's tough," the 36-year-old told talkSPORT's Hawksbee and Jacobs show on Wednesday.

"My last season at West Ham we got relegated and it was a similar kind of thing where you're down there, you're losing week after week, the atmosphere's just toxic when you're playing at home.

"You're almost, as a player, looking forward to when you get an away game because the atmosphere's almost poisonous. It is really tough to get something going; get confidence back.

"But at the end of the season there were players who didn't actually want to play, saying they were injured and stuff like that. That's how bad it was."

West Ham, then managed by Avram Grant, finished rock bottom of the Premier League the last time they were relegated - seven points adrift of 17th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, in an abnormally high point-scoring season.

However, Villa will require six wins to surpass the Hammers' points tally of 33 that campaign.

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