Lee Hendrie believes four points from the next two matches against Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers would allow Villa some much-needed breathing room during the final run in.
A last-gasp home loss to the Swans ended Villa’s run of two-straight league victories and denied them the chance to jump over Hull into 15th-place in the Premier League table, with three points still separating them from the drop zone going into the international break.
Tim Sherwood’s side will face a tough run of top-flight games when their campaign starts up again next month, with fixtures against Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City to come, but Hendrie has seen enough in the new manager’s first month in charge to remain positive about their survival chances.
The club have just eight games left to further distance themselves from the bottom three, but the ex-England international believes that four points from their next two matches would provide them with a great cushion heading into both the final run in and their FA Cup semi-final against either Liverpool or Blackburn Rovers
“I still think they’re going to be safe,” he said on Tuesday afternoon. “With the great results we had against the Albion on two occasions and getting to Wembley, it’s given us confidence.
“Now, it’s a tough month ahead for us but, if you look at the teams below, they’ve got some tough fixtures as well and we’ve still got to play the likes of Burnley.
“If we can nick a few points, maybe get a draw at Manchester United and then another win [against QPR], then I think we’ll be pretty much there.
“Then it’s just building block for Tim for next season.”