Gabby Agbonlahor today warned Villa against the dangers of complacency as they prepare for a run-in with Premier League title favourites Chelsea on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho's table-toppers, unbeaten in the Premier League since December 7, will be favourites to continue their all-conquering march to the title in the 5.30pm Villa Park contest.
But buoyed by their pressure-easing conquest of Norwich in the previous game, Villa are in the mood to give Mourinho a reminder of his previous visit to the stadium in 2007 when defeat triggered his exit from Stamford Bridge.
Agbonlahor said Paul Lambert's men still need to ensure their own safety.
"We're on 31 points, not 40, so the fear is definitely still there," he said..
"We have to keep on getting the results as early as possible and not leave it late. We want to pull away a bit more and try to get to that 40-point mark as quickly as we can.
"The gaffer gives us the confidence – his instructions are to go out and play freely. He doesn't want us not to go forward and he gives us an attacking incentive. That came off against Norwich.
"Fingers crossed we can continue to do it."
Agbonlahor's caution makes good sense as Villa remain only a couple of points clear of Norwich and Swansea, rivals still deemed to be in the thick of the survival battle.
And he believes the task they face against Chelsea is the toughest the Premier League can offer.
"We have to be on top of our performance to get anything," he adds.
"We're looking forward to it because they are the games players want to play in.
"We have had our ups and downs this season but it's important we take the ups from the Norwich game going into the next two home games with confidence.
"We've seen what we can do when we play at home at a high tempo.
"We have left it late to start getting the results at home but it has always been coming. We missed out in a few games where we've been unlucky.
"If you look at the Everton game we had a few chances early on and Norwich was a game where the chances started to go in for us."