STAND-IN skipper Gabby Agbonlahor has appealed to the Villa Park faithful to “stick with us through the not-so-good times” ahead of a crucial week.
Villa’s next three fixtures, at home to Sunderland and Bolton and away at West Brom, will decide whether or not they get dragged deeper into trouble.
And Agbonlahor hopes the fanbase will continue to give the club their full backing during the crunch survival triple-header and beyond.
“There have been some good times while I have played for the club and hopefully the fans will stick with us through the not-so-good times,” he said.
“If you ask any of the players they will admit it has been a tough season. We started off really well and had some good results and then we’ve had a dip.
“I think it shows the Premier League is getting harder season by season.
“We knew it was going to be a tough campaign but we’re battling through and we will keep doing that in the remaining games.”
Agbonlahor is the club’s current longest-serving player and is wearing the captain’s armband during Stiliyan Petrov’s absence.
The Brummie striker has experienced Villa’s change from Wembley finalists and semi-finalists to relegation battlers in the space of two seasons.
But Agbonlahor remains optimistic the “good times will come back” for Villa and urged frustrated fans to keep the faith and show their support by renewing their season tickets for the next campaign.
Asked why they should do so, he replied: “I think the fans know it has been a hard season from what they have been used to in recent years; trips to Wembley and trying to get in the Champions League. It has been tough for them.
“But I think if you ask most of them I think that, no matter what, they will support the team, and buy season tickets for the team they love. They will support us no matter what.
“They will stick with us through good and bad.
“If you look at the players we lost in the summer it was always going to be a season of change and transition, but I think the good times will come back to the Villa.”
Agbonlahor admits the past few months have been tough – but he insists Villa must get on with it rather than blaming their injury woes.
“If we had had all our players fit I think we would have got better results and it has been difficult for us,” he added.
“Other clubs get injuries as well and for us it is seen as a chance for some of the younger lads to come in and get their chance.
“When an injury happens we do have some cover there with the young players and it helps with their education and for them to get experience.”