Phillips owns up to poor season

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Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips has admitted that his own performances this season have not been good enough.

The 32-year-old joined David O'Leary's side from Southampton last summer, but has struggled for form and fitness throughout, scoring only five goals.

Villa have come under pressure from their own fans in recent weeks, who have become disillusioned by the team's poor run and apparent lack of ambition.

But Phillips accepts that any criticism aimed in his direction would be justified, after a poor campaign by his standards.

"The supporters are entitled to have a go at me because I haven't done enough so far but I'm trying my hardest and I like to think I'm committed whenever I play," he said.

"I've had a couple of injuries and I've also been unwell on a couple of occasions so it's been a frustrating time. Whenever I've been coming into form, I've had setbacks.

"My ankle injury set me back quite a bit and it's been a stop-start season. It's been disappointing because David O'Leary brought me here to add some goals to the team and I haven't done that enough."

However, Phillips has vowed to do his utmost in the remaining games of the season to help Villa end on a high.

"But there's still time for me to end the season strongly, and I'd settle for another goal against Birmingham," he added.

"Then I want a good break so I can come back fresh and ready to go next season. The most important thing for me is to stay injury-free and have a good season."