By Matt Farr

Former club goalkeeper Nigel Spink has criticised the lack of passion within the Aston Villa squad.

Villa have managed just four wins from their last 10 Championship games, and back-to-back defeats against Cardiff and Wolves have halted their bid for promotion.

Spink, who appeared 460 times for Aston Villa, questioned the passion shown by the Aston Villa squad, urging them to show more fight for the fans, manager, and each other, in an attempt to regain form – particularly away from home.

Steve Bruce’s side have not been great on their travels this season, having won just twice on the road since the start of the campaign.

Spink told BBC Radio West Midlands: “I think Steve Bruce will wish his players had the passion of the fans.

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“They turn up week in and week out, hopeful that their team will perform for them. Sadly I think those fans have some way to wait.

“Top players are top players because they have that self-motivation, they earn their money. Sadly our lot are not doing it for the manager, the club, or the supporters.”

An immediate return back to the Premier League is still on the cards for Aston Villa, and remains Bruce’s main ambition for the season.

Their form will be a concern, while Bruce is currently looking to address the areas that need improvement within the squad.

But unless performances improve on the pitch, then Villa will find themselves spending at least one more season in the second-tier.

As it stands, Villa are 13th in the Championship, 10 points behind the play-offs. However, competition is very tough in the middle of the table, with just 10 points separating seventh from 18th.

Villa must wait until 31 January before they can try to improve their form away from home, but at least until then they can focus on rising up the table with consecutive victories over Preston and Bristol City at Villa Park.

In other Aston Villa news, Sheffield Wednesday have had a bid rejected by Barnsley for this Villa transfer target.

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