Houllier sets ten-point survival target

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Under pressure Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is staying positive throughout tough times at Villa Park that has seen the Midlands club pulled into a relegation dog-fight.

The former French Football Federation Director has targeted ten points from seven remaining games to retain the Villians status as a Barclays Premier League club next season.

"It will be higher than normal - we know what we want. I think ideally ten points will put you in a safe position and that is what we want," said Houllier in this morning's press conference.

The 63-year-old has spoken of his reason for optimism drawn from Villa's recent performances saying:


"I think we have to look at the positives. We came back in the game against Everton from behind, which is very important.

"That shows the character, spirit, competitiveness and the fighting belief that we have among us. This is something that will be good for the future.

"Now we have seven games with four at home and three away. It is not a matter of saying to players 'every game is a must win' because we always go into every game looking to win."

Currently sitting on 34 points, Villa still have Newcastle United, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and Liverpool to come to Villa Park, and face trips to West Ham, West Brom and Arsenal.

"What we require is results. Excuses are not an option - we want results and points," concluded Houllier.

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