He felt Villa showed their true quality to end a tough campaign in style.
"It was going to be hard. But the lads will go to the end. We've had a long, tough season but we've finished it off in style with a top-half finish which is where the club should be at least.
"The history that we've got at the club is brilliant but this season has been very difficult on and off the field.
"We've given a good account of ourselves in the last few games and it has gone really well."