By Amir Mir
Jack Grealish has said “no chance” to Aston Villa aiming for the play-offs, but insists they can make the top two.
Villa’s first-team star believes that the Championship giants can still aim for an automatic place, despite being 14 points off Brighton and leaders Newcastle.
Steve Bruce’s side picked up three points at the weekend when the club’s academy graduate hit a stunning late strike to claim a dramatic win against Wigan.
Now they travel to Carrow Road to take on fellow promotion chasers Norwich on Tuesday night, knowing a win would close the gap on the top six.
Ahead of the fixture, Grealish was in a boastful mood as he revealed Villa’s aim for the second half of the campaign.
“Definitely [on finishing in the top two],” Grealish told the club’s official website. “We’re only four points off the play-offs.
“People are saying ‘maybe promotion via the play-offs’ but I am [saying] ‘no chance! The top two places are definitely there.
“If we can go on a few more runs of results like we did – and go unbeaten – even picking up some draws away from home – they all help come the end of the season.”
England under-21 international Grealish has scored three goals and supplied four assists in 15 league games this term.
The highly-rated youngster has been a pivotal figure in Villa’s recent turn in form since Bruce’s arrival in mid-October.
Promotion expert Bruce has guided the Midlands side to five wins in his nine games and will be looking for another three points at Norwich.
A win against the Canaries would see Villa leapfrog their rivals, who sit in ninth place on 30 points, and close the four point gap on Leeds who occupy the final play-off spot.
In other Aston Villa news, club legend Paul McGrath has issued a warning to his former club ahead of their clash against Norwich.