With a game against Manchester City next on Villa's fixture list, many are waving the white flag already. Villa blogger Matt Turvey looks at the short and mid-term realities at a club more recently connected with league survival rather than league successes.
Over the past seven days, it has been something of a mixed bag. Last Saturday, Aston Villa managed a 1-0 away win against Norwich City. However, much of that happiness was tempered by the 4-0 loss inflicted in the league cup against Tottenham Hotspur.
This weekend, Villa host former Premier League champions Manchester City: a game already being seen as something of a dead loss for many supporters. This is a feeling that is strengthening the anger of some fans who feel Villa should be doing better.
However, when one reflects on the start Villa have had this season, one could argue that the six points garnered is about as much as expected, albeit from different results. Whilst I don't personally take any game for granted, many fans would have earmarked the Newcastle United and Norwich games as the two winnable games so far which would have given Villa the same six points as they hold now.
Perhaps it is the fact that Villa lost to Newcastle, mostly due to an impossible-to-deal-with Hatem Ben Arfa, that certain fans feel such ire rising in them. Another loss this weekend would, in their eyes, illustrate that Paul Lambert was a lost cause, presumably better off being removed rather than kept on.
But they'd be wrong.
Despite Lambert's affinity for long balls to Christian Benteke, mostly due to the striker's high percentage of flick ons, there's some disappointment that the footballing style of Alex McLeish's tenure has returned to Villa Park - an era most fans would rather forget than reenact.
In pure statistical terms, the figures back up that Lambert's team is playing a significant number of long balls. So, to that end, are fans "right" to want to out Lambert for playing such tactics?
The reality for a club in the same predicament as Villa is, no, a team such as theirs can't get rid of a manager simply because the tactics seem a bit dour. Nobody is saying that long balls, hit regularly with a degree of predictability, are great to watch but, at present, Villa have a priority that is higher than picking what style is played - winning games.
As stated previously, Villa have won six points this season, no more or no less than most fans would expect. So, with that in mind, why the strange response of anger amongst pockets of the support? Is there really anything to complain about?
Honestly? Not really. Whilst Villa are, and have been for multiple seasons, stuttering, there's nothing at all that would point the chairman towards regime change, ignoring for a second the fact that another sacking would turn the club from B6 into something of a joke.
The reality is many fans are getting greedy - much as every fan at every team does in time - because they expect better, they believe Villa are capable of doing better.
However, with a legacy of financial issues at the club, and a lack of any relevant trophy since 1996 (Inter-Toto Cup & Peace Cup win excluded), there's very little to indicate that Villa are doing anything more than they should be doing - finishing in some position between about 10th and 17th.
I know such a statement may appear disappointing, unambitious, or otherwise derisory, that a club such as Villa deserve better, but the majority of the club's history occured in times where men wore long shorts and were captured in sepia tones rather than 1080p HD video.
However, that time is gone, and the sooner it is, the better. Whilst history is important, the only place the club can move forward in is the present - it makes no odds that we have won a European Cup or any othe trophy, and clinging on to those memories does little but detach fans from reality.
Nobody is asking fans to like the situation the club are in, merely understand and accept it. Villa are, in a lot of ways, lucky to still be in the league. Had financial restraints not been brought in - a deeply unpopular move with fans - the club would have been closer to financial meltdown than financial success, a well understood story illustrated perfectly by the likes of Leeds United and Portsmouth, both of which who occupy places below Villa.
So as Villa take on a team this weekend, there's a hint of paupers vs. rich men, albeit in the context of the Premier League's riches. How will Villa get on? The game will be on us soon enough.
What matters now isn't that result, but the patience needed to rebuild the club. It will take time, and far more than many pundits will suggest.
Why? It isn't even football that is the stumbling block at Villa Park, but rather the restrictions that stop the club from being able to invest significantly due to recent £30m+ and £50m+ posted financial losses.
Fix those and, eventually, the club can rise again. It may not be the tonic the impatient want to hear, but it is most definitely the basis of the club's direction for the next few years under their often silent chairman.
You can follow Matt Turvey’s regular opinions at his own site, Aston Villa Life at http://www.astonvillalife.com, via the site’s Twitter account @astonvillalife, or via his own Twitter account @mturvey_star.