Aston Villa are on an extraordinary run of form right now which has seen them shoot up into the automatic promotion places. Now, according to their supporters, they are starting to set their sights on local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves have been running away with the Championship ever since the word go back in August, and they are showing no signs of slowing down right now. They have been ruthless in their efficiency at the top of the table, and it is something that has naturally rubbed the rest of the division the wrong way.
In particular, Villa fans have been salivating at the prospect of catching Wolves in recent weeks despite the old gold & black showing no signs of slowing down. It makes sense to see the Villans being so excited about the prospect of catching them, but there needs to be a little perspective here.
Overconfidence is an extremely risky thing in any sport, but in football, we have all seen the fortunes of a team crumble after just 90 minutes. For instance, what would happen if Villa wind up losing heavily against Wolves in a few weeks under this current mind set?
Adomah: “We're in second now and our main aim has always been automatic promotion. There's teams chasing us, but we have to look ahead now and narrow the gap to Wolves, even though they're a long way ahead. Anything is possible in football and we'll give it our best shot. #avfc— villareport (@villareport) February 12, 2018
With the two clubs being set to meet in a few weeks, Villa’s recent run of form has only intensified their growing rivalry. Unfortunately, it also seems the Villa Park faithful feel like everything is going to be perfect from this moment forward now that they have been able to string together a good series of results.
The Championship does not work like that. If the team starts to believe that catching Wolves is the priority above promotion, there is a good chance they will start to falter. They have only been in this league for a few seasons now, meanwhile, the likes of Derby and Cardiff have a great deal of experience in these situations.
Villa should still be looking behind them instead of looking ahead because they cannot afford to settle for points or sit back if they think they are in a comfortable position. Complacency has killed off the promotion teams of many teams in the past and it’ll continue to do so, especially when there is so much quality in the top six and beyond.
If you ask 80 per cent of Wolves fans whether or not they are interested in breaking Reading’s points total, they will say that promotion is the only goal they have. For some reason, Villa do not have that mentality right now and, while it makes sense given that they are on a great run, that can all begin to fade in the blink of an eye.
Now is not the time for Villa to be relaxing or just thinking about a title race because that could mean they will start to take other clubs lightly. Hopefully, under the guidance of Steve Bruce, consolidating second place will be their aim.