Houllier calls for big finish

The Villa boss also believes the club’s fans, who called for him to

be sacked after the home defeat by Wolves, have a big part to play

in the battle to avoid relegation. Villa are only one point ahead

of the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s clash with Everton at Goodison

Park. Houllier said: “We know exactly where we stand and the

difficulty of our task. “You have to remain positive. You can’t

spend your time reflecting on what happened. “We have eight games

ahead of us now and never mind what has happened in the past. “This

is our league and the eight games ahead are vital for our future.

“Everybody is concerned because we are not dreamers. “There is a

new league starting up for us of eight games and the mood is

positive. “A lot of players are internationals so they have that

experience and they know what pressure is. “I also know their

personalities and they want to do well for the fans and the club.”

Houllier added: “I can really share the fans’ frustration and

anxiety. “But their influence is so important for us, especially at

this stage of the season. “They are fantastic supporters and, with

their support, they can be the 12th man every game.”