McLeish fires Villa warning
Alex McLeish has warned his players to forget any ideas about letting up as Aston Villa look to guarantee their top-flight status.
Villa's prospects of beating the drop have been significantly enhanced by the draws against Stoke and Liverpool over the Easter period.
However, despite a six point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, the Villa boss is refusing to take anything for granted with five games remaining.
McLeish knows only too well how easily it is to get sucked into an unexpected survival battle after seeing his Birmingham City team go down on the final day of last season.
Villa certainly face a challenge to pick up anything on Sunday as they head to Old Trafford to face Premier League leaders Manchester United, although he is expecting his players to go there and put up a good fight.
The Scot told reporters: "I am not going to rest. I'm not going to go home and think, 'That's fine, there's daylight here'.
"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.
"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."