Aston Villa boss Unai Emery insists he’s underneath no stress after his facet intensified their pursuit of European qualification by transferring into the highest six.
Villa claimed a sixth win from seven video games as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Villa Park to turn out to be agency contenders for a spot within the Europa League – or possibly even higher.
Second-half objectives from Bertrand Traore and Ollie Watkins had been sufficient for Villa, whose rise underneath the previous Arsenal supervisor is unbelievable.
Villa had been in sixteenth, one level above the drop zone, when Emery took over from Steven Gerrard, however set the tone for his tenure with a 3-1 win over Manchester United in his first sport in cost.
And the Spaniard says that’s when he was underneath stress.
“Stress is there while you’re within the backside and you need to win,” he mentioned. “Stress was once I was right here taking part in in opposition to Manchester United. I keep in mind that second and I used to be slightly bit underneath stress! Not now, not now.
“However I prefer it and I grew up taking part in underneath stress as a coach. I like this, taking part in in opposition to the most effective, being very, very decided since you are taking part in for one thing to win.
“I need to share with the gamers; it’s not stress and it’s to be bold and to get to being aggressive, to being stronger and stronger.”
The win was marred by a first-half harm to Leon Bailey, who needed to depart the pitch with a hamstring harm.
Emery added: “Sure, Leon, hamstring. Hopefully it’s not an enormous harm.”
Forest dropped into the relegation zone for the primary time since January because the stress cranked up on boss Steve Cooper.
They had been masters of their very own downfall as after a promising first half they gifted the result in Villa when Jonjo Shelvey inexplicably handed to Traore in his personal space as a substitute of clearing the ball.
Cooper, who might but lose his job after proprietor Evangelos Marinakis warned him performances and outcomes “should enhance instantly”, revealed Shelvey had apologised after the match.
Requested how Shelvey was, Cooper mentioned: “Not nice. He received’t thoughts me saying that right away he apologised for the aim.
“We win and lose collectively so I’m pissed off how they acquired in down the facet in addition to the error. We win and lose collectively, that’s at all times the way it has been and that’s at all times the way it will stay.”