Aston Villa youngsters not feeling the pressure of relegation scrap insists Fabian Delph
Villa beat Sunderland 6-1 earlier this week to ease their concerns
Wednesday 01 May 2013
Fabian Delph insists Aston Villa's young bucks are feeling no pressure in the white heat of a Barclays Premier League relegation scrap.
Monday's staggering 6-1 win over Sunderland shoved Villa towards safety, with victory required at Norwich on Saturday to virtually confirm their top-flight status.
It is a remarkable situation given Paul Lambert's men have spent most of the season being among the favourites for the drop but Delph insists any concern never seeped into the Villa dressing room.
"We are young players and we have fire in our bellies," the midfielder said.
"It might sound mad but we are not feeling that much pressure.
"We are going out there and enjoying it.
"We have been selected to do a job and that is what we have been doing.
"We will work 100 per cent in every game. If it is not going for us we will still keep going."
Having taken an impressive 17 points from their last 11 games, during which time Villa's only defeats have come against Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, the Midlands giants look well placed to stay up.
They certainly should if striker Christian Benteke maintains the form that has brought him 22 goals this season, including Monday's superb hat-trick.
"Christian is a natural monster," said Delph.
"He doesn't do any upper body work whatsoever. He works on his core strength and his legs but that is it.
"When he first came I asked him whether he ate raw meat. John Carew was very similar but Christian is 22.
"Some defenders try to rough him up but everyone who has tried it has failed."
Monday's contribution was classic in the sense of his opener being a poacher's effort, nodding home the rebound after Simon Mignolet had failed to hold Gabriel Agbonlahor's stinging shot.
Then he climbed high to power home a far post header before beating Mignolet at his near post with a low strike after surging into the box.
"When I saw him jump for the second goal I thought 'he has wings'," said Delph.
"I wasn't sure if he had actually headed the crossbar. If he did I feel sorry for the crossbar.
"The number of goals he has scored doesn't surprise me.
"He has dragged us through so many games. We still have three games to go and I could put a bet on him to score at least another three or four."
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