Taylor: ‘Villa are the team to fear’

By Graham Hill

ASTON Villa defender Neil Taylor reckons Dean Smith’s record breakers could be the team to fear in the play-offs.

Villa won their 10th successive game on Monday when they beat Millwall to confirm their place in the Championship’s top six.

And it makes Villa serious contenders for promotion after coming out o the pack in the last two months to put together a club record run of victories.

Left-back Taylor reckons Villa are doing now what Fulham did to them last season when they won the play-off final at Wembley against Steve Bruce’s side.

Taylor said: “I’m sure if we went into a game with a team who’ve won 10 games in a row, we’d fear them a little bit because you know what they’re capable of.

“People know what we are capable of at the moment.

“I suppose it’s a bit like Fulham last season.

“That momentum going into the play-offs can be quite big.”

Taylor revealed that Smith made no reference to the fact that Villa could make history on Monday before the Millwall game.

The Wales defender added: “He didn’t mention it – he knew we were going to know and he didn’t have to.

“But we also knew we had to win to make sure we made it into the play-offs.

“We’ve just kept going. Honestly, when you’re winning that many games you go into each game thinking: ‘We are going to win, we are going to win.’

“That is the way you have to be.

“This manager’s sessions are good. Everyone’s fitter and working hard

“If you see our training sessions, they’re intense.

“That’s 22 of us working really hard.

“Hence the reason when anybody steps in, even if they haven’t played for a few months, they’re at a good level. It’s made a big difference.”

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