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Villa manager claims his side are not out of danger yet and claims they have passed a turning point after a slim win over the Magpies, a victory he dubbed 'massive'

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier claims that he was under no pressure going into his side’s slender victory over Newcastle United that helped them get further with from the relegation zone, with a five point cushion.

James Collins' first-half goal was enough to wrap up victory over the Magpies and drag Villa closer to safety.

The Frenchman spoke to Sky Sports after the game, saying: “I don’t think there’s too much pressure on me, the most important thing is the support that I get from the chairman and the chief executive and that was clear all along the week.”

He continued by claiming: “It’s not about Gerard Houllier it’s about the club, we’re here for the club and in fairness we knew it was a turning point for us. We missed the turning point against Bolton where 2-1 could have been 3-1, we probably would have been in a different position but this time at home I felt we did extremely well.”

Houllier then praised his players that grinded out the victory, saying: “I must praise all the players, because we used 13 in the end and you could see right from the start that we wanted it, it’s a massive win I can tell you.”

The Villa gaffer finished off by claiming his side were not about to start looking up, saying: “We may look up but I prefer to stay with my feet on the ground and do the job which is to get out of the danger zone because at the end of the season we have two important games; Arsenal away and Liverpool here.”

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