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Warnock: Time for players to show we are up for the fight
Stephen Warnock on Villa's survival battle.
26th Apr 2012
Warnock: Time for players to show we are up for the fight


By Dan Harrison

Stephen Warnock insists it is time for Villa's players to "stand up and be counted" as they look to put their Bolton frustration behind them with a positive result at West Bromwich Albion.

Warnock insists Saturday's big derby showdown at The Hawthorns cannot come soon enough as the claret and blues strive to pick up points in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

And the full-back, who netted in Tuesday night's defeat to the Trotters, reckons belief will play a massive part as Villa look to climb out of trouble.

"It's a real test of character and we have to stand up and be counted now," said Warnock.

"There's only myself, James and Emile who have been in this situation and it's not a nice situation to be in.

"We need fighters now. I wish the next game was tomorrow.

"We've got to regroup, take the positives out of the game, learn from the mistakes and hope that will be enough to get us the win on Saturday.

"It is a six pointer again against Albion, it's a huge game, it's a must-win game and we've got to go there and win, it's as simple as that.

"We need to go to West Brom with the belief that we can win the game."

Warnock admits Villa paid for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal, having dominated in the first-half against Bolton.

He said the manner in which they conceded the two goals was "not good enough."

"We were positive in the game, tried to attack and do the right things and I thought we did," he said.

"We created chances and getting the goal was great and you think we are going to go on and dominate the game and there looked like there was only one team going to win it.

"To concede the equaliser so quickly was very disappointing and we were made to pay.

"It's not good enough, simple as that.

"We created chance after chance in the first half and in the second half.

"I'm not having a go at the strikers because it's a team game, but we need to be more clinical in front of goal."

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