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Stan Collymore delivers scathing verdict on Aston Villa display, hints at relegation battle

By Amir Mir

Stan Collymore has delivered a scathing verdict of Aston Villa by stating they could be in “trouble” within the next 12 months following their 3-0 defeat at Brentford on Tuesday night.

Former Premier League striker Collymore hinted that the Midlands club could be in a relegation battle very soon if they don’t “get it right”.

Steve Bruce’s men were hammered by Dean Smith’s side as they fell further away from the promotion pack.

They are ten points away from sixth-placed Derby after 28 league games but the Rams were below Bruce’s side when McClaren took over in October.

The performance by Villa against the Bees did not impress former player Collymore, who had this to say on his personal Twitter account.

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“If we don’t get this right, seriously right, in the next 12 months, we’re in trouble,” said Collymore.

It means that Villa are yet to secure a win in 2017 as they have lost four out of their five matches in all competitions.

Furthermore, they are yet to pick up three points in the Championship since their 2-1 home win against league strugglers Burton Albion on Boxing Day.

Bruce will be looking for his team to bounce back from their recent defeats when the take on their Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Henri Lansbury will take on his former club, having swapped the City Ground for Villa Park during the January transfer window.

Forest are currently 18th in the Championship table, three points and four places behind their Midland rivals.

In other Aston Villa news, Stan Collymore has also shared his thoughts on Ashley Westwood after he left the club.

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