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O'Neill expects from fourth placed Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill insists there is more to come from his side after victory at Tottenham last night took them into the top four of the Premier League.

Nigel Reo-Coker and Ashley Young scored in each half at White Hart Lane and despite Darren Bent's late consolation, Spurs were consigned to defeat and remain at the foot of the table.

O'Neill feels there is still room for improvement from Villa, who saw striker John Carew limp off with an apparent ankle injury ahead of the UEFA Cup clash against Litex Lovech on Thursday.

"I'm not so much worried about being fourth, it's about getting the points on the board and getting confidence,'' said O'Neill. "If we can't get confidence from that performance then we never will.

"We're capable of doing that - brilliant moves and fantastic performances - but you can't make assessments. We've got loads of things to do to make us a proper side, a big side.

"We need to tighten up defensively, last season we scored goals for fun but we conceded too many. Liverpool was the first clean sheet in a long time, that was pleasing and we've come to Spurs to attack.

"We did that, we played some great football.''

Gabriel Agbonlahor also went off with a thigh problem but the injury is not thought to be serious.

Carew is not travelling to Bulgaria. Despite the setback, Villa are hopeful he might yet prove his fitness for the weekend derby with West Brom.

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