O'Neill plays down 'big five' chances

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is refusing to allow his side to get carried away with the gap that is emerging at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Villa's remarkable 3-2 win at Everton on Sunday, when Ashley Young grabbed two goals including the 94th-minute winner, saw Villa take a six-point lead over Everton as they moved back into fifth spot. The midlands side are now just a point behind Arsenal in fourth, with Everton boss David Moyes claiming that O'Neill's men "are now the most likely side to crack the top four".

O'Neill said: "We have a bit of a gap now between ourselves and Everton, and a number of other teams. But I do not put much score on that at the moment, there is a lot more can happen."

He added: "Who knows what Manchester City will do in the transfer window? I will not start looking at gaps for a while yet. If we can win four or five on the trot, then I might start thinking in those terms.

"Then we may have made the sort of improvement to give us a chance. I hear what David Moyes has said, and that coming from such a good manager is pleasing. But that does not really mean much, although it is flattering to hear.

"But Everton have shown the same resilience over the last couple of years, it is those qualities that have come from them and we are searching for.

"We are definitely improving. For the moment we are ecstatic."

O'Neill praised Young's "world class" ability that clinched a remarkable victory.

He said: "It was an incredible last minute. And it has so much to do with Young. He is an incredible footballer, world class. Sensational.

"He's about eight stone wet through, but with a heart the size of a lion. And he is getting better and better."

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