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You have to play very quickly, and we have trained that way, but to play like that is very hard.

Sherwood was sacked in October and replaced by Frenchman Remi Garde who took over with Villa bottom of the table and he left the club last month with just two league wins to his name.

“What I will say is today I thought they were outstanding”, he said of his players.

“I think now the club will do their utmost to ensure the supporters that we’re going in the right direction and that’s the only way we’ll get the supporters back on side”. “I would like to be part of it. I’ve enjoyed working at Villa and it’s a fantastic club but that’s not important at the moment”.

There was a healthy dose of gallows humour among the travelling Villa fans as they contemplated their fate and the celebrated with ironic cheers when Kieran Richardson had their first shot, which flew over the crossbar.

Success off the pitch has been in similarly short supply.’I live for Aston Villa and have for donkey’s years.’The physicality is different to the Premier League and we are a big, big fish in that division, ‘ said Black.

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has lashed out at Joleon Lescott after the defender said their relegation from the Premier League was a “weight off the shoulders”.

“He wouldn’t be relying on the chief scout they have got at Villa now because that has been a disaster over the last few seasons and they are paying the price for it”.

He finished clinically from Antonio Valencia’s cross for after a pinpoint pass by Wayne Rooney had released the full-back on the overlap.

Lescott said: “It’s a massive blow to be relegated”. As a fan myself I’d like to take some of that responsibility.

Black added: “You will need to move some players on and find you are unable to, and you will lose some of the players you want to keep as well”. He was angry with me because he wanted to play on, but he lost the ball more in the second half.

Centre back Lascelles put Newcastle ahead with a header at the end of the first half before Sissoko doubled Newcastle’s lead in the 82nd minute when Swansea failed to clear a corner.

He derailed Arsenal’s title challenge on his league debut, scored on his Manchester Derby debut, sent West Ham out of the FA Cup and he now ensured Aston Villa’s relegation.

After the game, he told Sky Sports that he was “not so pleased” with his sides performance as he believed that they “played too slowly”.


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