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Bannan: We've got a licence to thrill against Norwich

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Bannan: We've got a licence to thrill against Norwich

By Paul Brown

Barry Bannan has called for Villa to play with a licence to thrill against Norwich.

Bannan admits the pressure has been on Villa over the past few weeks, with relegation issues concerning everyone of claret and blue persuasion.

But he thinks Villa can now express themselves, with their top-flight status all but secured barring a mathematical miracle.

The diminutive midfield ace wants Villa to show their superlative skills and send the fans home happy for the summer holidays.

He said: "Hopefully the lack of pressure will help us against Norwich. 

"If you look at the position we were in the last couple of games, there was a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the players and maybe they were playing a bit safer than they normally would or would have liked to have played.

"We're looking forward to the game now and with the pressure off knowing we can't go down I think you'll see that in our performance.

"I think there will be a lot more confidence out there on the pitch and hopefully that can lead to the victory.

"We'd love to do the double over Norwich this season. I was at the game earlier in the term at Villa Park and I can remember it well.

"We played great that day. I remember Gabby was on fire. Obviously we could do the double over them. That would be fantastic.

"It's the last game of the season and we can hopefully send the fans home and into their holidays happy."

Bannan knows that will be no easy task, given the way the Canaries have soared in the Barclays Premier League this term.

He added: "They've done very well. Obviously with the new teams coming up, you tend to think they're going to be struggling to stay up.

"But they've been safe for a while now. They've got a good manager. He's done very well since he's been there.

"He's brought through a lot of lower league players and they've established themselves pretty well in the Premier League so they've had a great season.

"I would say the pressure being off has helped them. There's a lot of pressure on us because we're a massive club.

"We're expected to be doing well every season in the top half at least. But with clubs that are coming up, newly promoted clubs, there's no real pressure on them.

"If they lose then the fans would probably expect that and if they win it's a bonus. So they're going out there just playing with no pressure and that can help in games sometimes."

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By @AVFCOfficial 11th May 2012
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