McLeish - No room to relax

Villa boss calls on young side to pick up as many points as possible

Alex McLeish: Looking for Aston Villa to end the season on a high

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Alex McLeish will ensure that his Aston Villa side fight to the finish despite opening up clear daylight between themselves and the drop zone.

Two hard-fought points were secured over the Easter weekend, with back-to-back 1-1 draws picked up against Liverpool and Stoke.

Villa are now seven points clear of the Premier League trapdoor with only six games remaining.

They would appear to be all but guaranteed of their place among English football's elite for next season, but McLeish insists he will be taking nothing for granted.

He said: "I am not going to rest. I'm not going to go home and think, 'That's fine, there's daylight here'.

Attitude

"We have to keep them on their toes and keep them at a good level.

"There were seven academy guys out there against Stoke. They gave everything and have a fantastic attitude.

"They are trying to make their names at Aston Villa and show they can play at the club for as long as possible.

"Can I spoil the United party? I have done it before with Motherwell when we played Rangers."

Alex McLeish

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"We are obviously trying to get a position where we can look towards next season.

"We have the games to do it and the points to do it. There's no shortage of effort.

"We've gained some ground and it followed on from a good point at Liverpool over the weekend but it is still a cup final every week."

Party

Villa's next outing sees them travel to Old Trafford for a contest that could see Manchester United crowned Premier League champions, depending on how other games play out.

McLeish is hoping Villa will not find themselves as unwelcome guests at a title party and admits he has previous when it comes to ruining such days.

He said: "Can I spoil the United party? I have done it before with Motherwell when we played Rangers.

"They had the carnival ready to go. Motherwell won that day 2-0 with two goals from Owen Coyle."