"The most important thing was to win" - Villa Boss

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar refused to believe his side were close to safety despite a 6-1 hammering of Sunderland tonight.

Christian Benteke scored a hat-trick - as they pulled five points clear of third-bottom Wigan but, with just three games left, Vlaar is refusing to get carried away.

"The most important thing was to win. We started well and got the goal,"

– Paul Lambert, Villa manager

Villa's form now puts them in the driving seat to avoid the drop while their heavy negative goal difference was also boosted by a swing of plus five.

"The next game is Saturday and is very important. It's not over yet."

– Ron Vlaar, Villa Captain