Houllier vows to fight on at Villa

Updated: 20 March 2011 20:54 IST

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier insists he is still the right man to lead his side's fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Houllier vows to fight on at Villa

London:

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier insists he is still the right man to lead his side's fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Villa fans called for Houllier to be sacked after Saturday's 1-0 defeat against local rivals Wolves and the former Liverpool boss, who only took charge of the club earlier this season, concedes that he deserves criticism after such a poor run of results.

Fans chanted 'Houllier out' and 'you're getting sacked in the morning' at the final whistle after cries of 'you don't know what you're doing' when he substituted midfielder Marc Albrighton.

Houllier's cause wasn't helped this week by a much-publicised row between his coaching staff and unhappy defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins, who were fined as a result of the bust-up.

Villa are now just one point above the relegation zone but Houllier remains confident he can steer them to safety.

"We need 10 points (to be safe) and we will get them. I am confident about that," he said.

"Everyone is concerned about the fact we are going through a tough period.

"We are all worried. The players are worried and that is part of the nervousness we showed at times against Wolves.

"I didn't feel the team was as free as it used to be. The first goal played a part and affected the morale and confidence of the team.

"We know we have some players who are suspended or injured and at some stage they will come back.

"We have quality players and I think we will (survive). I am convinced we have everything it takes.

"It will be a fight but 'game on'. I would love to have something different to aim at but that's what it is.

"We have quality in the team but at the moment it looks as if it is an unlucky period. We hope that will stop very quickly."

Houllier admits he understands the frustration of the fans who have been accustomed in recent seasons to Villa challenging for a European spot under former boss Martin O'Neill.

He said: "The players know had we won it would have been different. Let's win a couple of games and then it will be different?

"But just reassure the fans, I know what I am doing. The fans call for your head but this is what happens when you don't get the results. You have to live with that."

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