Whelan: The belief is there at Villa

By Graham Hill

GLENN Whelan says confidence will be a big factor when Villa begin their Play-off campaign this week.

The Villa midfielder says the team are going into every game thinking they can win.

Villa’s unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday against title winning Norwich.

But that was a team missing several key figures with Dean Smith resting players before the semi-final against West Brom.

And they pushed Norwich all the way despite a much-changed line up.

Whelan insists however that losing is not an option for a full-strength Villa line up.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder told The Villa News & Record: “No matter how we play, we always believe we’re going to win.

“Confidence is still high. We’re a little bit disappointed as we didn’t get off to a great start and around Christmas we had a lot of draws. It’s those periods that have cost us being higher in the table

“It’s hard going through the play-offs but that’s the way we’re going to have to do it.”

The memories of last season’s Play-off final defeat by Fulham are still raw for Whelan.

He added: “We came so close last year and were disappointed. Hopefully we can use that disappointment to get us over the line.

“It’s great when things are going your way, but we also go through disappointment together.

“So we need to use that and turn it into a positive rather than a negative. Because there is a belief in the dressing room that we can go on and do something.”

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