Big Ron told the Sunday Mercury: â€˜â€˜To be fair to Martin Oâ€™Neill he normally does try to put out a strong side whatever the competition is, even in the Carling Cup.
â€˜â€˜But you could see last weekend that his mind was made up to go for a top four finish and rest players in Europe.
â€˜â€˜We loved the European nights in my time at Villa Park, but the UEFA Cup has changed since then.
â€˜â€˜We always put out a strong side, they were glamorous nights and we played some of the biggest sides in Europe.
â€˜â€˜Itâ€™s all about more games these days, trying to make more money and inevitably it gets less competitive."