Stan Collymore has warned Aston Villa in his Bleacher Report column that they should not get carried away with their FA Cup success.
Villa have reached the final of the prestigious cup competition this season, having defeated Premier League rivals Liverpool 2-1 at London’s Wembley Stadium last weekend.
Tim Sherwood’s side will contest the final against North London outfit Arsenal in May, and the Villa fans must be looking forward to it.
For Villa striker Collymore is delighted with the Villans’ progress to the FA Cup, but he has warned them to first make sure that they retain their Premier League status for next season.
“It's a nice end to the season as a Villa fan, but if they need any reminder of how a cup run can take your eye off the ball, they only need look at where Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City are now,” the 44-year-old wrote in his Bleacher Report column.
“Tim Sherwood must make sure that the Villa players still have that fear of relegation in their minds and don't ease off to stay for the final, starting with Manchester City at the weekend.”
Villa are currently 15th in the Premier League table with 32 points from 33 matches, just four points above the relegation zone.
Although confidence in the Villans’ camp is high and under Sherwood the team have been getting positive results, a defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday could prove to be costly.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be favourites to win the encounter, and dropping all three points could edge Villa closer to the bottom three.
Given the way Sherwood’s team are playing, the Villa fans should certainly be optimistic of avoiding the drop to the Championship at the end of the season, but the players need to keep focus and work as hard as they have been for past few weeks.