By Phil Jennings
VILLA wide man Ahmed Elmohamady insists: We’re not playing for records – want to go as far as we can.
Dean Smith’s side will head into the Villa Park clash with Millwall looking to set a new club record of 10 successive wins.
But while that would see this Villa side rewrite the record books, it would almost certainly book them a place in the play-offs ahead of games against promotion challenging Leeds and Norwich.
The Canaries should be back in the Premier League by the time they come to Villa on the final day of the Championship season.
But Elmohamady is not concerned by the performances of other teams.
And if they beat Millwall, he says there is no reason why they should not extend that run to 12 games.
The Egyptian has not forgotten the disappointment of last season when Villa reached the Play-off final at Wembley only to lose to Fulham – who have been relegated by to the Championship.
And he says the players who were involved that day want to wipe that memory out.
Elmohamady told reporters: “Of course they do. We’ve been there before to Wembley and were disappointed.
“We’re not playing to break records. We’re just playing to win games and get three points.
“The focus is on finishing as high as we can and get into the play-offs. Then hopefully it is our season, this season.
“We have another three games to go. We need to keep continuing because nothing is confirmed yet for the play-offs and we want to finish as high as we can.
“Now we have another chance coming so we have to be 100 per cent focused to take this second opportunity if we can.”
The Bolton win on Friday equalled a 109 record of NINE consecutive league wins.
And the sense of history being made ahead of the Millwall game is almost as electric as the thought of a promotion that seemed highly unlikely two months ago.
But Millwall have a reputation for making life tough for Villa.
Elmohamady added: “Now we need to make it 10, 11 or 12 wins.
“Millwall are always going to make it difficult because they are fighting for their lives.
“The manager always says we have to be patient when moving the ball from back to front.
“That’s what happened with the goals we scored on Friday. That’s what we will have to do against Millwall, we have to stay patient.
“Sometimes it can take a while and you might have to wait half-an-hour or more to score. But we have the players and talent to finish the game at any time.”