Jonjo Shelvey comments on Aston Villa fans ahead of Villa Park trip

The Newcastle United midfielder believes the Magpies can take advantage of the empty seats in the home end on Saturday.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has told the Chronicle that he believes his side can go to Aston Villa and get another vital three points, and claimed that a far-from-full Villa Park will play into their hands.

Villa have averaged an attendance of under 37,000 in their 18 Premier League home matches so far this season, and on three occasions there have been fewer than 30,000 home and away fans in a ground built to hold over 42,000.

The Premier League's bottom side have been relegated since mid-April, and have lost their last 11 league matches on the spin, and hostility and disillusionment unsurprisingly reign supreme at Villa Park.

In contrast, Newcastle come into the match on the back of a huge improvement in form, with two wins and two draws from their last four matches having lifted them out of the relegation zone for the first time since February at practically the perfect time.

3,000 of the supporters in Villa Park on Saturday will be wearing black-and-white, and Shelvey is confident that the contrast between an angry, dwindling home support and a vociferous packed-out away end can be a huge factor for the Magpies.

The former Swansea City and Liverpool man told the Chronicle: "It will be some atmosphere at our end. I don’t think Villa get a lot of fans at the minute so it will be interesting.

"I am sure we can go there and win. They aren’t in a great place at the moment but we can go there and get the three points.

"We have to fight to the end. You could see what it meant to the fans at the end of the Palace game. We now go to Villa and look to keep pushing, hopefully we can do it."

Newcastle's travelling faithful will be keen to see their side stick the boot in on Villa, with memories of the home fans' taunting as the Magpies suffered final-day relegation at Villa Park seven years ago still a sore point.

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