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Richards: We still believe

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Richards: We still believe

Micah Richards accepts that Villa's fight against relegation will be a tough one - but he says there is still hope in the dressing room that the team can survive the drop.

Richards says he's a realist who knows the task will be difficult.

But he insists that, despite the result, the performance at West Ham shows the boys are up for the battle.

He said: "We have the fighting spirit.

"We have 14 games now and we will give 100% until the end.

"Until it's mathematically impossible, I will not rule us out.

"We know it will be hard. I am a realist too.

"I think we need three wins on the bounce and then things start to change.

"Norwich is next up - a tough game at the weekend - and if we get three points there it will be a nice start.

"We are working hard and we will continue to do that day in and day out.

"I don't think the lads are lacking any confidence. We just want to get out there again now. We want the next game. We certainly can't dwell on this one.

"A lot of people have said that the players don't care here. I think we showed there at West Ham that we fight until the end - whether we've 11 or 10 men on the pitch.

"We did that. But unfortunately we didn't get anything out of the game."

Richards

Richards was immensely frustrated on the final whistle at Upton Park.

He accepts it was an uphill task due to Jordan Ayew's sending off - but felt the efforts of the group deserved more.

He added: "I thought we started the game really well. We started brightly.

"A lot has been said - things like 'the boys are not up for it.' But I think we showed that we will give it our all.

"I thought we were extremely unlucky. We defended really well.

"Obviously the red card killed us. But we dug in and in the end it was a sloppy goal that allowed them to open the scoring. Even at 11 v 11, we would have been gutted to concede that.

"We really thought we could win before the match. Maybe if we'd have had 11 men on the pitch, we could have done so. As a collective, we put in a lot of effort."

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 3rd February 2016
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