Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish will demand a big improvement from his players next season after effectively making sure of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League with one game remaining.

McLeish can point to a shortage of experience, a lengthy injury list, blooding too many youngsters and having to drastically reduce the wage bill as mitigating circumstances.

But the former Birmingham boss will still expect better during 2012/13, and he said: "I have taken a lot of weight on my shoulders this season. I was happy to take pressure off the players. I am not going to again next season though. They had better get their finger out."

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