Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has said he is fully focused on keeping his team in the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.

Even though they are placed 11th in the league the Villa man knows they are not yet safe, and is insistent that they must breach the 40 point barrier as soon as possible.

"We’re on 31 points, not 40, so the fear is definitely still there," he told the Birmingham Mail.

“You never know in football. We have to keep on getting the results as early as possible and not leave it late.

“We want to pull away a bit more and try to get to that 40-point mark as quickly as we can."

Although many sides tend to take a more defensive strategy into games to avoid the drop, Agbonlahor says the key for Villa is to keep an attacking mindset.

“The gaffer gives us the confidence – his instructions are to go out and play freely. He doesn’t want us not to go forward and he gives us an attacking incentive. That came off against Norwich.

“Fingers crossed, we can continue to do it.”

Villa beat Norwich 4-1 in their most recent league match with a blistering spell of four goals in 15 minutes.

But Villa next host league leaders Chelsea on Saturday and the Midlands side will have to be at their best to ensure they take any points out of the fixture.

“We have to be on top of our performance to get anything.

“We’re looking forward to it because they are the games players want to play in."

Agbonlahor has scored three goals from 22 league appearances this season and often plays second fiddle behind Belgian striker Christian Benteke.

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