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Nothing changes - Clive

Posted on 22 April 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen insists his reserve side's target remains the same despite Villa taking a step closer to the title on Monday night.

Nothing changes - Clive

Clive Allen insists his reserve side's target remains the same despite Villa taking a step closer to the title on Monday night.

Villa's late 2-1 win against Fulham means we have to win our three remaining games - starting at Stoke tonight (Wednesday, April 22) - to stand any chance of overhauling the leaders at the top of the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.

That might not be enough either - if Villa beat West Brom in their final match on Monday, they will be on 36 points and beyond us.

Nantwich Town's all-new Weaver Stadium plays host for tonight's fixture against Stoke. Kick-off is 7pm.

"We always knew we had to win our final three matches," said Development Coach Clive. "We're on a great run at the moment and we have to continue it against Stoke.

"Stoke beat us earlier in the season when they fielded a strong side at Orient and we expect another tough game."

Ricardo Rocha, Gilberto and Ben Alnwick provide the experience tonight as Clive takes a young squad to Nantwich including 10 Academy players.

"The lads have had a very good season at Academy level and this is another chance for them to step up, as we've already seen them do for the reserves this season," added Clive."We know what they are capable of, so let's see them do it again."

Squad: Alnwick, Jansson, Smith, Cox, Rocha, Gilberto, Caulker, Butcher, Livermore, Parrett, Kasim, Mtandari, Byrne, Mason, Dawkins, Bostock.

AS IT STANDS

Villa's win against Fulham on Monday night moved them on to 33 points with one game remaining against West Brom on Monday, April 27.

We are currently on 25 points with three away games left, starting against Stoke tonight then Chelsea at Brentford on Monday (April 27, 7pm) and Pompey at Havant & Waterlooville on Monday, May 4 (2.30pm).

Three wins will take us to 34 points - so we need Villa to slip up against West Brom to have a chance. Victory that night for Villa and the title is theirs.