The Villains have won four games on the bounce to make a late push for European football.
Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins has hailed his sides performance after their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest. The England international was on target to continue his rich vein of form, with nine goals in his last 11 appearances and will face Newcastle United next weekend.
“Obviously, I want to score more goals at home, in front of the home fans, in front of my family,” he told Villa TV. “People coming to support me, it’s much better scoring at home. But obviously my away form, and our away form, has been really good.
“But I want to score in every game possible. It took me a while here but I got there in the end.”
Unai Emery’s side have won six of their last seven games and have surged up the Premier League into European contention. The Villains are just nine points off Newcastle, but Eddie Howe’s side have played a game less.
The Magpies head to Villa Park in fine form themselves, having won the last their last five games in a row. Newcastle have re-established their place in the top-four and are three points ahead of European rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Following a third victory in the space of a week, Watkins said: “It was a massive week for us, three big games and three wins, so we can’t ask for more than that. It was a bit of a frustrating game, I would say.
“It was taking a while to break them down, when we saw they were playing five at the back, we knew it was going to be difficult. But we were patient, we got the goal at the start of the second half and then I got my goal at the end. So, happy days all round.”