Michael Brown has backed Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow after he voiced his opposition to using neutral venues to try and complete the Premier League campaign.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that even without fans, playing at your own stadium could make a ‘huge’ difference in the top-flight’s relegation battle.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Purslow claims that Villa would be giving up a significant advantage were they to finish the season using neutral grounds and that he is opposed to the proposal.
With Villa currently sitting 19th in the table, Brown insists that Purslow has a point when it comes to the impact Villa Park could have on their survival hopes.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think he’s right, I think you do have a home advantage.
“You’re coming to the back end of the season and your home games, generally, we see some fantastic escapes and some fantastic run of results. It’s historic that it happens.
“You’ve got to look at your fixtures and say who are you playing against, who are your fixtures in your home. If it’s a team in mid-table, you do gain a massive advantage in your home games. It’s huge playing at your home stadium.
“We’ve got to look and say where is this outcome and how do we do it? There’s going to be no supporters if we get to finish so the advantage is decreasing but you’d still want to play on your own pitch, I’d still want to be at my own stadium playing these games.”
Speaking earlier this week, Purslow told talkSPORT: “We’ve got six home games left to play so I think any Villa fan will agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa.
“And I certainly wouldn’t agree to that, unless the circumstances were right.”
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