TYRONE Mings insists Villa’s play-off hopes are still alive after Saturday’s win over Derby.
Mings will be at the heart of a depleted Villa defence at St Andrew’s on Sunday for the Second City Derby with Birmingham.
And aside from local pride, Villa need to win if they are to keep their momentum going in a bid to re-ignite a top six challenge.
On-loan Bournemouth defender Mings says the incentive is now there for Villa.
Mings told Villa’s official website: “Anything is possible if we play like we did on Saturday.
“Performances have been good in flashes – late against Sheffield United and before we conceded against West Brom.
“This league is so tight and everybody beats everybody.
“It’s now time to start a run. It was a great way to begin against Derby.
“Everyone did their jobs and we sent the fans home happy.”
Mings also hailed the return of Jack Grealish who inspired Villa and scored a goal of the season contender.
THAT Grealish goal against Derby: Source: You Tube
He added: “I don’t know why exactly everything clicked. Jack is obviously a big part of that.
“It’s great to have him and Tom Carroll back.
“For Jack’s goal, I didn’t know what was going on at first.
“I’d turned around to start retreating and saw that he was about to hit it.
“I saw him whack it and it fly into the top corner, before we all ran off to celebrate with him. It was a great finish.
“The impact of having one of your key players back is sometimes a mental thing.
“He’s a fantastic player, but coming back into the team alone gave everyone a lift.”