Home form a real worry for Given’s Villa

Lifford native Shay Given believes Aston Villa’s poor home form is the reason they are embroiled in a relegation dogfight at the bottom of the Premier League.

Lifford native Shay Given believes Aston Villa’s poor home form is the reason they are embroiled in a relegation dogfight at the bottom of the Premier League.

Villa have won only four home games this season and are were plunged into further difficulty on Tuesday night when they lost 2-1 at Villa Park against lowly Bolton Wanderers. Villa took a deserved lead through Stephen Warnock just after the hour - but Bolton were ahead within three minutes as Martin Petrov equalised from the penalty spot and David Ngog swept home a second almost immediately.

The result leaves Villa just three points above the relegation zone and the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has admitted the level of performance has been poor.

“It has been frustrating the whole season,” he said. “We haven’t had enough victories at home. We don’t want to stumble the wrong side of the line because we know we are not safe yet. We are five points clear but Wigan have shown any results can happen at the bottom. The thing for Aston Villa is we can’t rely on other people. We have to do the job ourselves.

“We don’t want to be where we are at. But we are where we are and there is no getting away from that. ‘The table never lies and we are where we are because we deserve to be there. We don’t deserve to be any higher as we haven’t picked the points up.

“I don’t think it was always going to be a difficult season. I think we have under-achieved as a club and as a team. The most important thing is we get up to safety and then we can hopefully strengthen in the summer and bring in a few more experienced players.

“I think we are lacking that. We don’t have enough players at the moment with experience. We have a lot of young players in the team and squad but hopefully we can strengthen in the summer.”