McAllister rallies Villa troops

Villa host Tottenham on Boxing Day evening, before heading to

Manchester City two days later. A trip to Chelsea follows on

January 2, and then Sunderland are the visitors to Villa Park the

following Wednesday night. McAllister, assistant manager to Gerard

Houllier, told the Sunday Mercury: “Everyone knows if you can get

through a Christmas period with a good points tally, it bodes well

going into the new year. “There are some high-profile games – but

they’re great games and what we have is players coming back. “We’ve

got a good squad and there’s good numbers so we’ll need everybody.

It’s not just about the 11 that are going to start. “Gerard is a

big believer that when a team is winning, you try to stay as close

to that as possible. “But needs must and that’s when the manager

and the coaching staff will use their experience if people are

looking a wee bit jaded and there might need to be a change.

“That’s why we need everybody focused, not just the guys who