McLeish admits the heat is on
Alex McLeish admits the pressure is on Aston Villa to start producing victories, with the club just five points above the drop zone.
Last Updated: 06/04/12 2:45pm
Alex McLeish admits the pressure is not only on Aston Villa to start producing victories, with the club just five points above the Premier League drop zone.
Villa's last-ditch victory at home to Fulham on March 10th was their only win in the last eight and with just seven games of the Premier League season remaining, the club are in real danger of dropping out of the top flight for the first time since 1987.
But with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday before a home game against Stoke City on Easter Monday, McLeish is confident of picking up some vital points.
"There's pressure on everybody. I know what Kenny (Dalglish) will be feeling. I know Liverpool are 11 players with two legs - the same as everybody else," he said.
"That's why we should not have any fear going to Anfield. At the same time you would be thinking that Kenny will be looking for a reaction from their players.
"As I say, everybody is under pressure regardless of whether they are in the top half of the table or the bottom.
"From now until the end of the season, every single manager, every single player, will be under pressure at some time, without doubt."
McLeish has urged his players not to have any fear against the Merseysiders, adding: "Is it a good time to play at Liverpool? It's been a formidable place and I'm sure they will want to make it a formidable place again. In recent times it hasn't been as formidable.
"That has got to be the challenge for Kenny in the coming weeks, months and years.
"Right at this moment in time we are going up to face Liverpool, and they are going through a little bit of a sticky spell, so, quite simply, we have got to try to prolong that spell."