Lewis Grabban: I hope Sunderland's relegation won't go down on my record

Aston Villa striker Lewis Grabban wants to escape the spectre of Sunderland's relegation with promotion on Saturday.

Friday, 25th May 2018, 6:50 am
Updated Friday, 25th May 2018, 7:01 am
Lewis Grabban

The 30-year-old started the season on loan at the Stadium of Light before making another temporary switch to Villa Park from Bournemouth in January.

He is likely to spearhead Villa's charge in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Fulham just five months after staring at relegation with the Black Cats.

He cut short his 12-goal spell in the north east and scored eight times for Villa to finish as the division's second top scorer with 20.

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Without him Sunderland tumbled into League One after a second straight relegation and Grabban wants to complete a personal turnaround with promotion to the Premier League.

"Hopefully the relegation won't go down too much on my record," he said. "I have tried to get away from that.

"But it happens, I don't think anyone thought at the beginning of the season that Sunderland could do that.

"I certainly didn't. They're in a semi-transitional phase and they need to start again and get back to where they probably should be.

"They're similar in terms of Villa. You can't put your finger on it, why it went wrong. With their relegation, it was the inevitable happened.

"Everyone expected it after a certain amount of time. It didn't look like anything was going to change."