Last updated : 28 December 2004 By editor

“I thought Villa played some good football at Chelsea, they didn’t make it easy for them and Villa could have scored a couple of goals in the first half. I think the injuries to Delaney and Hendrie might have affected them in the second half, but overall I thought they did very well.”

“Villa Park’s been a good ground for us over the years. But the games with Villa are never easy. They’re always tight affairs and there’s never really been very big score-lines between Villa and ourselves. We’ve got a few injuries at the moment and the squad is probably tighter than I’d like it to be. But we’ve certainly got plenty of options and the team’s in good form. All we can do is win our games and hope that the teams above us start dropping points.”