No club's too big to beat the drop, Villan Sidwell says ahead of Anfield trip
24 August 2009 11:06
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Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell admits his struggling side is dreading the trip to Liverpool tonight and concedes no club is too big to avoid relegation.
Martin O'Neill's men were chasing a Champions League spot for mostof last term but won only two of their final 18 games and have startedthe new campaign in unconvincing style.
They suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat to Wigan in their fixture and then were beaten away to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.
Sidwell is refusing to press the panic button but the former Reading and Chelsea player knows it is easy for a 'losing mentality' to set in.
He said: 'We do seem to have started where we left off last year and it is down to us and the manager to get us back on track. We have had a poor run of form and you can easily find yourself at the bottom of the table but it is just two defeats so far this season.
'You can never write (relegation) off. I mean you look at Spurs last year. Who would have thought they, until Harry Redknapp came in and worked his magic, would have been on the verge of it? It can happen to any club.
'If that losing mentality sets in, and keeps going week-in week-out, you can go 10 or 12 games without picking up wins. Once you get that you are in trouble.
'To say this club is too big to get relegated would be disrespectful to the likes of Newcastle, but we shouldn't be looking at that.
'If you are halfway through the season and in this form it is difficult. But we are only two games in.
Hugo Rodallega on the opening day but is unlikely to feature in the trip to Liverpoool due to injury
'It is not a good time to be going to Liverpool but we are a young and hungry side and we have no fear.'
Villa central defender Curtis Davies is doubtful for the trip to Anfield after a recurrence of his shoulder problem.
Davies suffered the setback during the latter stages of the Vienna clash and his replacement, rookie Shane Lowry, is amongst the candidates to replace him although Habib Beye could switch from right-back.
O'Neill, who is continuing his pursuit of Sylvain Distin and Stephen Warnock to bolster his back four, will also be hoping striker John Carew is fit to make his first appearance of the season.
Carew, the club's top scorer for the past two seasons, missed the Wigan reverse with a foot injury and then pulled out of the Vienna game with a virus.