Three points or FA Cup success? - Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark tackles issue

The defender insists back-to-back wins from the upcoming West Bromwich Albion double-header is a realistic goal.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has insisted his side won’t be prioritising one match over another ahead of the double-header with West Bromwich Albion this week.

Villa host their West Midlands rivals in a crucial Premier League clash on Tuesday night, before Tony Pulis’ side return for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final to battle it out for a trip to Wembley Stadium.

Mired in 19th-place in the table after the weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United consigned them to a seventh-straight loss, Villa’s top-flight status hangs in the balance with 11 fixtures remaining, but Clark stresses that both of the Baggies meetings hold equal significance.

"I know fans have been discussing 'which game would you prefer to win?' We want to win both games,” he said. "We want the three points - and need the three points because of our position in the Premier League.

"Then it's about getting into those semi-finals. We will be going all-out to win both matches."

Nevertheless, Clark adds that all the immediate focus is on ending their poor league form with a positive result at Villa Park tomorrow night, maintaining that, despite the Newcastle defeat, confidence in the camp remains high.

"All focus now is on Tuesday. We won't allow ourselves any thoughts of Saturday yet,” he added. "We remain very positive despite the defeat at Newcastle, too. There's a good belief in camp.

"The match with West Brom should be a cracking atmosphere - and it will be very difficult, no question, but we won't be getting ahead of ourselves. It's all eyes on Tuesday now."

Villa suffered a 1-0 defeat in their previous December meeting with West Brom this season at the Hawthorns, with former claret and blue midfielder Craig Gardner netting a 72nd-winner after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men in the first-half following Kieran Richardson's sending off.

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