Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Villa must be up for the fight - Bannan



Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan knows Reading will be fighting as if their English Premier League survival is at stake on Tuesday and says his side must not take the Royals lightly. Catch the action through live streaming on supersport.com.

Villa have struggled under new manager Paul Lambert this season and with 10 points from 13 games are 18th in the 20-team top flight - a point and a place above newly-promoted Reading.

A win for either side on Tuesday will let them scramble clear of the drop zone, temporarily at least, and Bannan told Villa's official website they had to approach Tuesday's clash like it was a game against one of the Premier League's big guns.

"The mindset is exactly the same as Man United, Man City and Arsenal. We have to keep going," said Bannan.

"Reading are a newly-promoted side who are fighting for their lives so it will be a tough game. We certainly won't take them lightly.

"There are no mugs in this league. You have to fight and work hard for your points."

Barring a 5-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City 10 days ago, Aston Villa have been competitive, holding Arsenal to a 0-0 draw on Saturday and pushing leaders Manchester United to the brink in a 3-2 defeat on November 10.

Goals have been hard to come by, however. Villa have scored just 10 all season, the joint fewest in the Premier League.

Bannan said that despite languishing third from bottom the mood in the changing room was upbeat and that results had not reflected their performances in recent weeks.

"We have played well over the last few weeks and played good football. It's just that results haven't gone our way on the whole," he added.

"We were two-up against Man United and lost after performing well for over an hour. We held our own against another top team in Arsenal and picked up a point so we've taken a lot of positives from these matches.

"We will take that into the game on Tuesday and try to get the win."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...

Neil Tovey
Backing Coetzee for Bafana
After three Afcon 2015 qualifiers, Bafana Bafana deserve credit for keeping as many clean sheets...

Carol Radull
Let's criticise to improve Kenyan football
Sometimes my fellow Kenyans make me angry. We are the kings of Africa when it comes to criticism,...

Mutheliso Phiri
Can the Chipolopolo afford not to win?
Zambia, by recording a goalless draw against Niger in Niamey, kept alive their hopes of qualifying...

Segun Odegbami
So far, so Chelsea
There are two things on my mind this weekend – the Barclays Premier League and Nigeria’s match...