McAllister eyes eighth for Villa
McAllister – in charge while Gerard Houllier recovers in hospital
after suffering chest pains – said he was not looking at the run-in
as a potential relegation scrap. Instead he is confident that
10th-placed Villa can finish the season on a high and give a boost
to Houllier – starting with Saturday’s home clash with Stoke.
McAllister said: “There are 15 points to play for, places in the
Premier League up for grabs. We want to finish as high as we can.
“We’ve got to try and get a nice boost for the manager and keep
this run going.” Tony Pulis’ side will arrive at Villa Park also
looking over their shoulder at the relegation fight. But McAllister
insisted Villa were only looking upwards. He said: “We are not
necessarily looking at it from the perspective of looking to get
points for safety. “We are looking to get as many points as we can.
Whether we can get to eighth position I don’t know, but that is a
realistic target.” McAllister is confident he has sufficient
back-up support should he remain at the helm following the Stoke
match. “We’ve only looked at this game. We’ve got plenty of
resources here,” he said. “I’ve got Gordon Cowans (first team
coach) and Rafa Gonzalez (goalkeeping coach). “I can lean on Kevin
MacDonald (reserve team coach) who has stepped into this position
before as well Tony McAndrew (youth team coach). There are plenty
of people for me to lean on.” Villa will be at full strength for
Saturday’s match with midfielder Fabian Delph having recovered from
a groin injury.