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Aston Villa chief pleads with fans for support

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Paul Lambert has seen his side lose four games on the bounce after back to back home wins that have left the club looking to end the season strongly.

Aston Villa's CEO Paul Faulkner though has urged fans to back Lambert and the club to help pull his side through their final five league games and avoid relegation for a second season during the former Norwich manager's guidance.

In an official statement on the club's website, Faulkner said: "Fans are hurting, the players and manager are hurting. The frustration is shared by everyone who loves Aston Villa. Now more than ever it's time for us to pull together, our immediate focus and combined efforts need to be concentrated on our game against Southampton this weekend and our remaining games of the season.

"Our fans have been fantastic throughout the season and we're desperate to give them more to cheer about. We know we can handle adversity, what we need now is for everyone to stick behind the club."

Talismanic front man Christian Benteke has been ruled out for six months and Villa have struggled to find goals this season scoring just 35, despite taking points away at both Arsenal and Liverpool. The midlands club have two crucial home games in the next three weeks against the Saints and Hull on the May 3.

The manner of their defeats will also worry fans, as they were thrashed at home to rivals Stoke City 4-1 recently before falling 1-0 to an excellent Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Whether Villa can creep away from trouble or plummet further into the mire remains to be seen as this years relegation battle hots up.

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