Stan Collymore says Villa must start scoring first - beginning against West Brom on Saturday.
Villa face the Baggies in the derby clash, with a 5.30pm kick-off.
Paul Lambert's men have conceded first in the last five top-flight games and Collymore insists Villa must put a stop to this to gain valuable results.
He said: "I reckon the key to Villa staying clear of relegation is scoring first in games, no matter who happens to be on target.
"Of all the teams in the Barclays Premier League, only Manchester United are capable of coming back from behind on a regular basis.
"As we saw to our cost at Villa Park in November, they can also do it from two-down.
"No other team consistently does that and even Chelsea were unable to find a way back when they went a goal down to QPR in match a few weeks ago you would have expected them to win comfortably.
"If you can get to the half-hour mark in the vast majority of Premier League games without conceding - or better still, establish a lead - there's always something to build on."
Collymore thinks Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann are the men most likely to get that elusive opening goal for Villa in the coming weeks ahead.
He added: "We've seen what a burgeoning partnership Christian and Andreas can be over the past couple of months - and it's important that they continue to terrorise defences.
"What we need from those two over the next few weeks is the sort of lethal finishing which secured that incredible win at Liverpool and the valuable point from the 2-2 draw at Swansea."
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