Villa v Hull: Agbonlahor - We won’t shirk survival pressure
Gabby Agbonlahor knows the pressure is on going into the survival showdown against Hull - but insists Villa won't shy away from it.
Agbonlahor, the club's longest-serving player, reckons Saturday's game with the Tigers ranks among the most important of his time at the club.
Three points against the FA Cup finalists would see Villa over the finish line to Barclays Premier League safety.
And Agbonlahor is backing the squad to rise to the occasion and ease any tension around Villa Park.
"We're not going to hide away from it," said the 27-year-old.
"Every player in the squad knows that it is a massive game.
"There is a lot of pressure on the game but we have got experienced players in there and hopefully everyone will rise to the occasion and get the result.
"It could be the biggest game of all of our careers so far because of what is at stake.
"To keep a club the size of Aston Villa in the Premier League is a massive thing.
"We know we've been up and down and inconsistent as a team but at this stage of the season you've just got to try and get the points on the board. Form goes out of the window now."
Agbonlahor does not subscribe to the theory that Steve Bruce's side will have one eye on their forthcoming FA Cup final appearance.
"We can't afford to think that because of the FA Cup they will be a less strong side," he added.
"They are going to want to beat us when they come to Villa Park. We've got to treat it like a cup game and give 100 per cent.
"They are a hardworking team. Steve Bruce has got them playing good football and they are getting results at the right time.
"All the teams down at the bottom now are trying to get good results rather than focus on playing well."
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