Break ‘will benefit’ Houllier

Villa fans called for Houllier to quit after the home loss to

Wolves left them only a point above the Premier League bottom

three. But Villa assistant boss McAllister believes Houllier will

be firing on all cylinders for the finale to the campaign as they

look for the results needed to stay up. McAllister said: “He is a

very experienced manager and has been in all the football

situations you can imagine. “He will be refreshed and ready to go.

We want to get the results early to alleviate pressure towards the

end. “In an ideal world, if we could get a run of three victories,

we’d take that. We’ve been on a decent run and then we’ve slipped

again but if we can just have a little stretch of runs undefeated

again, it would certainly help.”