Eric Black speaks on Villa fans

The Villans have won just 17 points in the Premier League.

Speaking to the club's official website, Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black has suggested that the fans are "on side" once again after holding Newcastle United to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Saturday.

Villa brought an end to an 11-match losing streak in the Premier League yesterday by frustrating the relegation-threatened Magpies to move on to 17 points for the campaign.

It has been a horrendous season for the already-relegated Villans, whose 29-year stint in England's top flight came to an end without much resistance from the playing staff it must be noted.

The club's fans have made their feelings on the team and owner Randy Lerner perfectly clear in recent weeks and months, but Black has suggested that all is well again following a draw with Newcastle.

"The result was obviously important but for me the most important part was getting the supporters back on side before the start of next season. I think you witnessed that," he told Villa's official site.

"The atmosphere in there was pretty close to the 12th man when it gets rocking. We need them and I think the players deserve a bit of credit for making a step towards them again."


While the draw was a rare plus point, it will take a long time for the players to make it up to Villa fans after the disappointment of this season.

It remains to be seen if this Villa side have the battling qualities needed to win promotion from the Championship next season. It is a notoriously difficult division to succeed in, and few would doubt that the club needs a major overhaul before it can focus on promotion.

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