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Crystal Palace boss talks Aston Villa ahead of clash

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CRYSTAL Palace boss Neil Warnock says Aston Villa have had to be shrewd in the Premier League like a lot of other but still believes they're a "massive" club.

Questioned at his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of facing Paul Lambert's side on Tuesday, Warnock was asked if Villa were under-achievers in the top flight since 1992.

The Eagles boss, though, admits that with the pressures now in the Premier League, clubs can only think about themselves rather than others, too.

"The demands on you in the Premier League - look at how Alan Pardew has dealt with things at Newcastle recently," said Warnock.

"You just have to get on with it. I am not too bothered about teams, you just have to look after yourselves really.

"I just think the Premier League is money motivated. If you don't throw money at it, you stand still.

"Villa is a massive club. I covered a game last season there, and the tradition in the corridors, it's massive club.

"Unless you get someone like Sheikh Mansour at Man City, it's about please your fans in the best way you can.

"When you are at a club like Villa, you have to be shrewd. Players have to be value for money and clubs have to be run so they don't get into too much debt.

"But Villa are a massive club."

And Warnock wants a better start to tomorrow night's game following Saturday's match at Swansea City, where the hosts dominated the opening 20 minutes.

"We have to have a solid start. We have been gung-ho at times. I don't know what the stats are but after being a goal behind, the lads have been resolute and shown a lot of character."

Crystal Palace boss talks Aston Villa ahead of clash


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