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Aston Villa urge fans to back the team

last updated Thursday 23rd March 2006, 11:41 AM
Aston Villa number two Roy Aitken has urged fans to show a positive approach as the midlands club attempt to pick up the pieces after a disastrous week in Saturday's home Barclays Premiership clash with Fulham.

Villa supporters called for the sacking of manager David O'Leary after the 4-1 drubbing at Everton - their third away reversal in the space of eight days.

But Aitken is appealing for a united response against Chris Coleman's side and rubbished speculation that the Villa dressing room was "demoralised".

He said: "I am not saying everyone is as happy as larry. Nobody ever is after a defeat and we have just had three of them in a week but, as far as the overall morale of the group is concerned, that's fine.

"The frustration of the fans is understandable They get uptight and it can snowball a bit if things don't turn around quickly.

"We know how much it means to the supporters but, by God, we are the same. Please don't underestimate how much it means to us. If things are not going well, we feel it too.

"The big difference is that we are the ones who can do something about it and, starting on Saturday when we play at home to Fulham, it will be so important to have a solid fan base, who you know are right behind you."

Aitken added: "We know the job that needs to be done and we don't want that to be fragmented by an over reaction to things. Some people might be trying to undermine that but this whole scenario of discontent needs to be nipped in the bud now.

"I have read about us having a demoralised dressing room. But that is a ridiculous comment. Look at us against Blackburn a week ago when we played them off the park and still cannot understand why we didn't come away with a result.

"There was nothing demoralised about us in our last home game against Portsmouth the previous week either. All we know is there is room for improvement. The players know that. They have just got to show a bit more consistency and cut out the mistakes."
Source John Curtis at PA Sport
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