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Agbonlahor warns still work to do before Villa safe

Gabriel Agbonlahor is looking for Aston Villa to get to 40 points as quickly as possible which should ensure Premiership football next season. Villa are currently six points clear of the drop zone.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "We're on 31 points, not 40, so the fear is definitely still there.

"You never know in football. We have to keep on getting the results as early as possible and not leave it late.

"We want to pull away a bit more and try to get to that 40-point mark as quickly as we can.

"The gaffer gives us the confidence - his instructions are to go out and play freely. He doesn't want us not to go forward and he gives us an attacking incentive. That came off against Norwich.

"Fingers crossed, we can continue to do it."

Villa's next outing will see them welcome table-topping Chelsea to the Midlands.

He added: "We have to be on top of our performance to get anything.

"We're looking forward to it because they are the games players want to play in.

"We have had our ups and downs this season but it's important we take the ups from the Norwich game going into the next two home games with confidence.

"We've seen what we can do when we play at home at a high tempo.

"We have left it late to start getting the results at home but it has always been coming. We missed out in a few games where we've been unlucky.

"If you look at the Everton game we had a few chances early on and Norwich was a game where the chances started to go in for us."

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