Jores Okore tells what Aston Villa must accomplish before the FA Cup semi-final

The Villa centre-back says his side need to ensure that relegation is all but out of the question before next month's trip to Wembley Stadium.

Aston Villa defender Jores Okore has told Sky Sports News HQ that it’s vital the club secure Premier League survival before the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool or Blackburn Rovers.

Villa sit just three points above the relegation zone ahead of the weekend’s visit of Swansea, with the club having nine fixtures left to avoid dropping down to the second-tier for the first time since 1988.

However, the arrival of Tim Sherwood appears to have re-energised the team and, after chalking up their second straight league win with a 4-0 thumping of Sunderland, their chances of retaining their top-flight status look to have been handed a major boost.

In addition, the club also have next month’s trip to Wembley Stadium to look forward to against the winners of the quarter-final tie between Liverpool and Blackburn, although Okore himself is not thinking that far forward at this point.

With games against the Swans, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur before the April 18 semi, the Danish centre-back wants to ensure that his team pick up enough points between now and then to ensure that relegation is the last thing on their minds when the time comes to walk out onto the hallowed turf.

“We need to go out and take what’s ours,” he said on Tuesday afternoon. “Nobody’s going to give it to us.

“So, of course, we need to be ruthless and go after it. We need to go out and dominate games now and show we’ve got more quality than other clubs down at the bottom.

“We want to get out of trouble as quick as we can so we can focus on those other things rather than relegation.”

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