Under-fire Aston Villa boss refuses to criticise struggling player

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Remi Garde again backed Brad Guzan, after a poor performance from the American.

Aston Villa's slim hopes of Premier League survival are now dissipating even further - after a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City yesterday.

The result means Villa can only pick up 37 points overall - even if they win the remainder of their games this season.

That would unlikely be enough to survive.

It was Federico Fernandez whose rare goal gave Swansea the win but once again questions must be asked about Brad Guzan.

The American has had a poor season at Villa Park, and was rightly dropped for Mark Bunn until recently. But he was between the sticks yesterday and came flapping at the ball before the Argentine scrambled the ball into the back of the net.

But after the game Aston Villa boss Remi Garde refused to point fingers. He is quoted by the Birmingham Mail as stating:

“I am not criticising or assessing a player after a game, it is never the time to do it.

“I prefer to have a chat with the players before. He will go for the next international break away and will have the time to digest it and come back stronger.”

Garde is of course right to back his player in the public eye but Guzan must be aware that he was, once again, made culpable.

The Frenchman would surely be looking for a new keeper in the summer, although it looks as though he is set to lose his job in the coming days.

So Garde will not get a chance to bring any player he wants to the club before getting his marching orders.

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