Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady shares his feelings on Aston Villa's progress

Albert Adomah of Aston Villa and Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on...

Wolverhampton Wanderers' closest rivals in the Championship are now Aston Villa.

Captain Conor Coady of Wolves celebrates as he congratulates Ivan Cavaleiro for scoring their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Ipswich Town at...

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady has told the Express and Star that he is not fazed by Aston Villa’s progress.

Villa’s win over Birmingham City at the weekend, means that Steve Bruce’s side are now Wolves’ closest rivals for the Championship title.

Villa have won their last seven league matches on the bounce, to move up into the automatic promotion spaces.

But Coady insists that Wolves will not be affected by the form of their local rivals.

Conor Coady of Wolverhampton heads the ball clear during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews on December 4, 2017 in Birmingham,...

He said: “We can’t look at anything else that’s going on in the division. We don’t look at any other teams and how they’re doing or playing.

“We just look at ourselves and prepare for the next game.”

Villa still have some way to go if they are to catch Wolves, as they currently trail Nuno’s side by 12 points.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa waves to the fans during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on February 11, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Wolves have been in remarkable form this term, and breaching that gap will be a huge challenge.

Villa may well simply be more concerned with protecting second spot.

The claret blues are currently one point ahead of Derby County, with their next match coming against Fulham.

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