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Baker: Our fate is in our own hands

April 17, 2013
By David Instone

Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker has said the club's Premier League fate remains very much in their own hands.

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Although Villa's run-in includes a trip to Manchester United on Sunday and a home game against Chelsea, the Worcester-born 21-year-old says they must think about themselves and not about anybody else's results.

Villa must wait until Monday before playing United, and Wigan, three points behind them but with two games in hand, play twice before then - at Manchester City and West Ham.

On Saturday, Stoke visit QPR and Norwich are at home to Reading while Sunderland host Everton and Newcastle, not yet safe, are at West Brom.

"The main thing we have to think about is ourselves," Baker said. "It's in our hands and that's our focus - what we do.

"It's about us and what we do for the rest of the season. If we carry on playing like we have been, we're confident we'll be OK.

"We're hoping to be safe by the time we go to Wigan [on the last day]. That's what everyone wants but, if we had to go there and get a result, we'd just keep going and doing what we've been doing. We're confident and we know we can do it.

"We just need to keep taking the points. The one against Fulham was another step towards the finishing line, and we've picked up some good results lately with ten points from five games."