Curtis Davies: Aston Villa To Finish The Season Strong

The 24-year-old defender moved to dispel the notion that Villa will be looking to go through the final eight days of the season in cruise control...
Despite Aston Villa already being assured a place in the Europa League next season, Curtis Davies insists that the club wont be looking to coast through their last two games.

There has been some speculation that Martin O'Neill will be looking to rotate his energy-sapped squad through the last couple laps, but the young centre-back is adamant that the incentive of holding on to fifth - which would represent an improvement over last term's sixth-place finish - is more than enough motivation to finish the season strong.

"Our gaffer would never do that," Davies insisted in the Birmingham Mail.

"He's not one of those to start throwing people in the mix and giving them debuts and things like that.

"We want to fight until the end of the season and get as many points as possible."

Villa, who currently have a point more than Everton, take on Middlesbrough and Newcastle in their last two games of the 2008/09 campaign.

Derek Wanner,