Villa star: Why I sat there ‘shaking’

By Phil Jennings

TAMMY Abraham admitted he was ‘shaking’ as Villa closed in on their eighth successive victory on Saturday.

Abraham started the ball rolling against his former club Bristol City when he converted from the penalty spot.

Conor Hourihane made it two before Lee Johnson’s side pulled one back.

But on-loan Chelsea striker Abraham had to sit out the closing minutes after coming off with a tight hamstring.

Abraham told Villa’s official TV channel: “Obviously coming off for the closing stages, I was just there shaking on the bench watching the game.

“But we have a brilliant team. We dug deep. That’s what we keep doing. Eight games in a row is a massive achievement.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game. But we were on the front foot and could have been more ahead. We had a lot of chances. But when it mattered, we took them.

“I dispatched my penalty after missing the one the other night. Then Conor had a few chances and then thankfully he got one. It’s all about keep getting in the right place and that’s what he did.

“He kept going. The team kept going. And we got the win. It’s unbelievable. I was lost for words.”

Abraham – who now has 24 goals this season – knows that a play-off place is beckoning Villa with a trip to Bolton and a home game with Millwall coming up over Easter.

He added: “We’re nearly there. We have to keep giving performances each game and treat every game like it’s our last.”

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