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Young: No danger of squad losing focus going in to Latics showdown

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Young: No danger of squad losing focus going in to Latics showdown

By Dan Harrison

Ashley Young insists there will be no let-up from Villa in the final weeks of the season even though top-flight safety is as good as secure.

The claret and blues go in to Saturday's clash against Wigan six points clear of the drop zone but Young says his team-mates will be going all out for a victory that would see them over the line.

And, with nine points left to play for and places in the top half of the Barclays Premier League still up for grabs, Young is adamant Villa will not take their foot off the gas.

"There are three weeks left but everyone is thinking of things the same way - no-one is thinking 'we're practically safe we can relax now' at all," said Young.

"Everyone is wanting to get the win. There are nine points to play for and we want to get nine points.

"It is not like we don't want to win games, we want to go out there and win every game we have got coming up.

"I don't think we have been sidetracked or not focused. Everyone is concentrating on the job in hand.

"As I say there are nine points and we are looking at that whether we are at home or away.

"If everyone thinks the same way I am sure we can do that."

Young expects Wigan to be a dangerous prospect on Saturday with Roberto Martinez's men desperate for points to climb out of the bottom three.

"It is an important game to get us over the line and safe and we know that it is important to put on a performance especially at home," he said.

"We know it is going to be a tough test as they are going to be on the front foot and wanting to get the three points, especially away from home and with them being down in the mix.

"We are focused on the job in hand and I'm confident we can get the three points."

The 25-year-old admits there is a score to settle for the boys in claret and blue after last weekend's painful defeat to West Brom.

He says the 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns will be used as a motivating tool against the Latics.

"I think everyone sees it like that," Young added. "The way that the defeat came about hurt a lot of the boys and I think if you saw the dressing room after the game there was a lot of people who were downbeat and upset by the manner in which we lost the game.

"But we have great team spirit here and great character and this week in training it has been brilliant like it has been for pretty much the whole season."

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By @AVFCOfficial 6th May 2011
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