Joleon Lescott has risked annoying Aston Villa fans again by saying the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League was a weight off the players' shoulders.

Lescott enraged Villa fans in February when he tweeted a picture of a Mercedes supercar in the wake of a 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

And the Villa defender courted more controversy after the club's relegation was confirmed on Saturday by a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United - their 24th defeat in 34 league games this season.

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"It's about results so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated,"Lescott was quoted as saying in national newspapers.

"We need to find a way to get out of this run of defeats.

"Now it's confirmed maybe it's a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances."