Young - No cracks in squad
Luke Young believes Aston Villa are now equipped to avoid a repeat of last season's slump.
Last Updated: 06/12/09 9:52pm
Aston Villa defender Luke Young believes the club are now equipped to avoid a repeat of the slump that wrecked the aim of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League last season.
For the majority of 2008/09 Martin O'Neill's men appeared set to pip Arsenal to fourth spot in the Premier League, but their campaign crashed in the last third.
The impact of fatigue on a small squad was blamed for the capitulation, which saw Villa eventually finish sixth and qualify for a very brief participation in this term's Europa League.
Young, though, does not expect a repeat from Villa following the summer acquisitions of the likes of Stewart Downing, Richard Dunne and Stephen Warnock.
The full-back, who started in Saturday's 3-0 win over Hull City, said: "There were times last season when I felt tired going into games.
"With the squad and the depth we've got now, if someone is tired or carrying a knock, then you can afford to rest them.
"When the team is winning and doing well, I am not sure the manager likes to change it too much.
"But sometimes it is circumstances that have made it happen at times and we are stronger this season to go all the way.
"Hopefully you won't see a tail end like last season and we'll be strong all the way through."
Young, who has just returned to fitness after a lengthy lay-off, also insists that everyone at Villa is happy to accept O'Neill's rotation policy.
He said: "I think if the manager does it (rotation) week in and week out, you sort of accept it a bit more but I think you can feel like you are dropped if the manager makes changes.
"But, at the moment it is a very united squad, and everyone wants everyone to do well and if Habib Beye was playing instead of me, I'd be wanting him to do well.
"It is that kind of environment at the moment. Hopefully that will take us all the way through the season."