McLeish: Villa still face relegation fight

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has warned his side that they are still not guaranteed a place in the Premier League next season.

David Dunn's late equaliser rescued a point for Blackburn against Villa on Saturday and saw the West Midlands club remain precariously placed in 15th position.

Summer signing Charles N'Zogbia continued his recent good form with a fine finish to give Villa the lead, however they were pegged back late on.

Although the Villains retain an eight point cushion over nearest rivals Queens Park Rangers in 16th place, McLeish warned his charges that Premier League safety had not yet been secured.

Speaking to Sky Sports the Villa boss said: "I don't think we can afford to be complacent. We've got to believe we can climb the table and that's the challenge for the whole team.

"All I'm looking to is next week. We've got to concentrate on the next game and not about things that are too far in front. You've got to think about the particular challenges that are coming up."

Next up for Villa are crucial homes games against Fulham and second-bottom Bolton before they face tough tests against Chelsea and Arsenal later in the month.

McLeish battled relegation unsuccessfully last year with Birmingham City so he hopes his new Villa side will be able to pick up the points necessary to safeguard their Premier League status for another season.

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