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Aston Villa's lack of support to blame for club's poor form, not just the manager and players

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Following a thrilling end to last season which saw Aston Villa reach the FA Cup final and avoid relegation, the Villains now find themselves bottom of the Premier League with just six points. 

The club's players and manager have been at the centre of the blame game, though there's perhaps one other contributing factor to Villa's disastrous start to the campaign.

The Midlands outfit began the season with high hopes, coming off an FA Cup final and securing the signatures of Jordan Ayew, Idrissa Gueye, Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott.

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After losing key men Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph, the Villa faithful were prepared for a different season but, little did they know, they would find themselves bottom of the league with just one win under their belts after 16 games.

Even a change in management has failed to lift the mood at Villa Park, when French manager Remi Garde took over from Tim Sherwood back in November.

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Winger Scott Sinclair finished last season on a high and pleased fans when he signed a permanent deal from Manchester City in the summer but, having scored just twice in 12 outings, the 26-year-old has given fans little to smile about.

Garde and his players are not solely to blame for their lack of form, though. Upon the final whistle in recent fixtures, an inevitably poor result has been met by a chorus of boos around Villa Park, with fans showing little in the way of support and instead discontent. 

The Villains faced an in-form Arsenal side on Sunday where the Gunners ran out 2-0 victors. The atmosphere was dominated by the away fans, whilst home supporters appeared unwilling to get behind their struggling side.

Empty seats surrounded the pitch with an attendance of just 33,285 - 10,000 shy of the maximum capacity of 42,682 - epitomising the lack of support currently at the club.

Professional footballers are paid the wages they are in the hope they can deal with such adversity, but that doesn't mean to say they don't need support. 

If Villa fans want their beloved football club to avoid relegation from England's top flight they need to get behind their side and boost the atmosphere at Villa Park, rather than further condemn Garde's men.

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