Villa v Liverpool: Agbonlahor - Younger players thriving on pressure
Gabby Agbonlahor insists back-to-back wins over Reading and QPR have done wonders for the confidence of Villa's younger players.
Agbonlahor says the victories over two of Villa's rivals in the lower reaches of the Barclays Premier League proved that the less-experienced stars can cope in high-pressure situations.
The striker reckons Paul Lambert's team have a spring in their step as they prepare to return to action against Liverpool tomorrow following a two-week break.
"The team did well and as much as we might say the squad is young, credit to the young players," said Agbonlahor.
"Big pressure games like that, they might not be used to them but they dug deep and showed a bit of experience to get through them because they were tough games that we needed to get results out of.
"It's given everyone in the club confidence.
"It was important to go into that two week break with a win and it gives everyone who's not on international duty a breather to recharge their batteries."
Agbonlahor is adamant Villa must take care of their own business in the coming weeks as they look to clinch top-flight safety.
He says the claret and blues cannot rely on other teams for favours during the end-of-season run-in.
"There's a lot of work to be done," he added.
"We're not done yet. It's good for us to get two wins on the bounce, we haven't done that in a while, and as long as we can keep everyone fit we've got a good chance.
"I'm not at all bothered by what other teams are doing, I'm the sort of person that as long as it's in our own hands then we can do it ourselves and not need favours off other teams I'm happy.
"With those two massive results we've brought other teams into it and there's not just three teams fighting or four teams fighting, it's the whole of the bottom half that's fighting for survival."
As well as being a shining light on the pitch in recent weeks, Agbonlahor has been doing his bit off it in his role as Acorns ambassador.
He was instrumental in getting his team-mates involved in the Acorns Day fundraising, which saw the club raise an outstanding total of £195,463.44 for the children's hospice.
"As the Acorns ambassador I try to make people aware of the charity and I'm also the guy who goes around asking for money off the players for the charity," added Agbonlahor.
"I think they're all generous guys and when I asked the question about donating money for Acorns Day everyone signed the sheet straight away.
"I think it shows there's other things you can do apart from doing the best you can at football.
"There are more things you can do off the field that can influence people's lives.
"I think it's credit to the club and the chairman and everyone surrounded by the club for what they've been doing in recent years and now with this money raised for Acorns Day.
"Long may it continue. People just need to come and see how the place works and how the kids are and football is the last thing on your mind. Places like this put a lot of things into perspective."
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