Paul Lambert insists Villa have the necessary knowhow to survive the relegation battle.
Lambert would have preferred to be higher up the table now in safer waters.
But, in a strange way, he believes the fact Villa have been scrapping in the lower reaches for most of the season will stand them in good stead for the battle ahead.
Lambert insists other teams will now have to "get their heads around" the fact they are in a fight to the finish.
Villa are just four points away from twelfth, with Southampton, Stoke, Newcastle, Norwich, Sunderland and Wigan only just about Lambert's side.
He said: "Every team in the bottom half of the table is in a battle now.
"We are four points off twelfth and for much of the season we have been accustomed to this situation.
"We've been living through it and we've dealt with the pressures it brings.
"Suddenly, there are other teams that have been pulled into it, teams who haven't had to get their heads around it and we'll see now what happens.
"The important thing for us is that we don't get caught up in it all, that we continue to focus on our games, on our jobs and that's what we'll do."
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