Villa boss McLeish: We're now feeling loss of Young, Downing
Villa sit just five points above the drop zone and arguably face the toughest run-in of the sides down at the wrong end of the table.
"I did say at the beginning of the season it wasn't the greatest experienced squad though," said McLeish.
"We had a lot of young players augmenting the squad. I said it would be a tough challenge for us and a transitional period given the way (owner) Randy (Lerner) wants to run the club and get the wages down.