Premier League Final Position: 17th
It was another frustrating season for Aston Villa fans as the threat of relegation hung over the club for most of the campaign, before managing to narrowly survive. Tim Sherwood turned the fortunes around when he took over in February but the Villains end the season with their joint lowest points tally in the top flight.
They do still have an FA Cup final against Arsenal to look forward to and success at Wembley would deem the campaign a good one, but the fact remains that things weren’t good enough and Sherwood must now try and bring the club back to a level it should be at.Embed from Getty Images
The 1-0 win away at Spurs was probably the club’s best win in the league as the result moved them six points clear of the relegation zone with five games to go. Sherwood managed to seal all three points against his former club and the team followed up success at White Hart Lane with an FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool just eight days later.
The 2-0 loss at Hull in February was a bad defeat and that game spelled the end for Paul Lambert as he was replaced by Sherwood after that match. The loss at Southampton at the end of the season was bad but they weren’t in major trouble at that point.
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Fabian Delph – Didn’t score this season but picked up three assists and was probably the only player to consistently perform. He penned a new contract back in January and was rewarded for his performances over the season with England call ups.
Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa (March 14, 2015)
Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa (February 1, 2015)
Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa (May 16, 2015)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
There’s still a lot that needs improving at Villa. They must escape the dangers of relegation and try to compete for a top half finish once again. That’s easier said than done but Tim Sherwood may be the man to bring success back to the club. The transfer window will be crucial as retaining star players, or bringing in suitable replacements will be vital. Scoring more goals will be the main aim as they struggled for large parts of the season in front of goal, netting just 31 times.