Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is confident of scoring the goals to retain the Midlanders top flight status. The 22-year-old Belgium international said: "If I was scared of pressure, I would be playing ping-pong.

"This is the best league in the world and it's normal that there will be pressure surrounding the games."

Benteke, quoted by the Express & Star, added: "We can't be satisfied to be where we are in the league but we know we can do something about this.

"We believe in ourselves, we believe in each other, the manager (Paul Lambert) believes and the fans are behind us. We are growing as a team, we know we have to do our job and we will.

"When my father has spoken to me about my responsibilities as a person, he has always said 'be a man and be confident in yourself'. So this is how I am.

"We're a good team. Sometimes we have been unlucky in games but we are learning and growing together and it will take time with this team."