McGinn: We can’t be ‘bitten’ again

VILLA midfielder John McGinn insists his side must be wary of getting ‘bitten on the backside’ again.

The Scot was Villa’s two goal hero in the 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

And that has put Villa within two points of the play-off zone – a win over Middlesbrough on Saturday would lift them back into the top six and spark promotion talk.

But McGinn is having none of that at the moment. He remembers how Villa fell away before Christmas at a time when they were looking like genuine contenders for a return to the Premier League.

He told reporters after Villa’s third successive win: “Perhaps we started thinking subconsciously it is easier than it is.

“We’re wary of that spell we had in the Autumn when we maybe started getting a little carried away.

“It came back to bite us on the backside.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet. We need to stay humble, keep working hard and get the success the fans are craving.”

Before this winning spell, Villa recorded just two victories in three months.

McGinn added: “In those games in November we worked ever so hard to put the opposition under pressure.

“We’ve started to do that again.

“In some ways it’s good for us we have the experience of a poor run. It’ll stand us in good stead.

“I think everyone’s working just that little bit harder. We also weren’t getting some breaks which we probably are getting now.

“Forest had a disallowed goal on Wednesday. Those were the kind of breaks going against us.

“We’re creating a few more chances and being clinical. Hopefully we can carry that on.

“We won’t be getting ahead of ourselves. Teams know we have a bit of momentum.

They won’t be looking forward to playing us but at the same time we have to keep working hard.”

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