Custodian hits out at under-achieving Villa
Shay Given has bemoaned a 'frustrating' season for Aston Villa but admitted that they 'deserve' to be battling to avoid relegation.
The veteran Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has spoken out about the club's plight ahead of their massive game in hand against Bolton at Villa Park on Tuesday evening.
Villa sit just five points clear of the relegation places going into the game, but will be dragged closer to the drop should Owen Coyle's Trotters come out on top.
Given feels injuries to key men and the loss of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing last summer has had a big impact on the club and, as a result, he wants the Villa board to give boss Alex McLeish cash to bolster the squad this summer should they survive in the Premier League.
In the meantime, the former Manchester City and Newcastle custodian feels their inability to turn draws into wins is costing them dear.
Given said: "It has been frustrating the whole season. We haven't had enough victories at home.
"We don't want to stumble the wrong side of the line because we know we are not safe yet.
"We are five points clear but Wigan have shown any results can happen at the bottom.
"The thing for Aston Villa is we can't rely on other people. We have to do the job ourselves.
"Ideally we want to win against Bolton but it is easy enough saying we want to win. We have to go out on the pitch and do the business."
He added: "We don't want to be where we are at. But we are where we are and there is no getting away from that.
"The table never lies and we are where we are because we deserve to be there.
"We don't deserve to be any higher as we haven't picked the points up.
"I don't think it was always going to be a difficult season. I think we have under-achieved as a club and as a team.
"We've had injuries and the young lads are coming in with big pressure on their shoulders and it is tough on them as well."