Ashley Westwood: Aston Villa are still in survival mode

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is not getting carried away, despite his side's recent form.

Ashley Westwood has told Aston Villa's official site that the whole squad are still in 'survival mode' despite their upturn in form recently.

Villa have shown their attacking threat ever since Tim Sherwood took charge and have picked up some notable scalps under his leadership.

The Claret and Blues have toppled the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool (in the FA Cup) and Aston Villa in recent matches, but Westwood insists that the squad are not getting carried away. 

"We are still very much in survival mode," he said. "I think two wins should see us over the line - it could take three - and we'll be doing everything we can to make sure we pick them up.

"We're not getting carried away but we are heartened by the way we're playing and the fact we're getting results."

At the moment Villa are still only two points clear of the drop zone, so Westwood is right to be cautious in his statements.

The worst thing that Villa could do at this stage is believe they are safe and take their foot of the gas, so it is imperative that Sherwood keeps his whole team focused.

If they keep up their current standards then they should have no problem in accumulating enough points to remain in the top-flight, but any dip in their form could prove very costly at this stage of the season.

Villa have games against West Ham United, Southampton and Burnley still remaining and they will be confident of picking up the two wins required to keep themselves safe.

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