O'Neill sets sights on Euro place

21 April 2010 08:59

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has vowed to fight fire with fire in tonight's high-stakes Barclays Premier League showdown at Hull.

Villa need a win to stay on course for a place in Europe while Hull are battling to avoid relegation and the financial headache that would come with losing their top-flight status. With that in mind, O'Neill expects Hull to come out with all guns blazing but he is equally convinced his side have the ammunition in their armoury to get the win they need.

O'Neill, who has set his side the target of winning their final four games of the season to secure European qualification, said: "Hull had a fine draw at Birmingham City last weekend but they will feel they have to win their home games."

He added: "We will have to go there with the same attitude.  We have to win.

"If the game really becomes open, which I expect it to be, I will just take my chance with it and hope we have got the wherewithal to score a goal or two.

"But it won't be easy and Hull will probably be coming out firing like never before.

"But our away record is fantastic and I think that only Chelsea and Manchester United have won more away games than us.

"So we go away from home without any fear and we have done that for the last couple of seasons.

"We have not lacked anything away from home.  We have been able to win an awful lot of games because we go with a very positive attitude and that is exactly what we will take into this game."

Source: PA