Aston Villa Football Club is in real danger of being cut adrift of the heavy hitters in the Championship this season. We’re currently sitting seventeenth in the table. Having spent in the region of £50 million during the transfer window, smashing Championship transfer records for fun, we cannot get a win.

Despite criticism of Roberto Di Matteo, I believe the players are the ones who are letting the fans down. A lot of these players need to take long, hard looks in their mirrors and remember who, and what, they’re playing for before letting failure to win become habitual, as it was last season.

We’ve brought in some excellent players this summer but we need a greater mental effort from everyone at Aston Villa Football Club in order to realise the considerable potential the squad holds.

It is easy to call for Roberto Di Matteo’s head at a point like this, although this, in my opinion, is the wrong reaction. Di Matteo can only do so much as a manager. I could also argue that the players can only do so much when they have been playing together for a very short period of time. We need time for this team to gel. Until it does, it is very difficult to judge individuals or the group as a whole.

More than anything else, we need a win. We need a win to prove to the players that promotion isn’t a pipe dream and that going up at the first time of asking is achievable. Continued failure to make chances count and to kill off the opposition will see the players’ heads drop and the dream drifting away with the Villans’ confidence.

Last season was as limp as a French handshake. Losing became almost inevitable. As we dust ourselves down from the disappointment of dropping into the Championship and hope for the moment that turns our fortunes around, a draw feels like a loss. It may be inconsequential but it is progress and it shows that the wheels are turning in the right direction, just very slowly and infuriatingly.

All the fans can do is keep supporting the current crop of players. I have seen enough evidence to allow me to believe that we’ll be there or thereabouts this season. Banish the boos and back the boys in claret and blue! Give this team more time: we’ll reap the rewards if we do.

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