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Hughes warns of Aston Villa test

last updated Saturday 30th January 2010, 1:43 PM
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes
Fulham defender
Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes
Aston Villa old boy Aaron Hughes believes Fulham's fine home form will be tested when his former club visit Craven Cottage today.

Roy Hodgson's men have won six and drawn two of their ten Premier League matches in front of their own fans, in stark contrast to seven away defeats.

But Hughes, who made 54 appearances for Villa between 2005 and 2007, is wary of the threat posed by his ex-team-mates, especially in-form midfielder James Milner.

"I still know a few people there who I played with for a year or two," said the Northern Ireland international defender.

"It will be good to come up against a few of them, but at the moment our heads are fixed on trying to get a few points and kicking on in the league.

"Villa are doing really well at the moment, they're an attacking side who get forward and have a lot of players who can do a bit on the ball and change the game.

"James Milner's doing well at the moment and they've got other players who can make it a tough game.

"But hopefully we can produce a performance that gives us the points."

Hughes hopes Fulham can repeat last season's 3-1 home victory over Villa rather than this term's 2-0 defeat at Villa Park.

"There are a lot of home games in February but we don't want to be relying on our home form. We want to try and pick up points away from home.

"We've got some difficult games coming up and we hope to get a few more points over the next few weeks.

"There's no reason why we can't, but we can't just assume we can turn up to our home games and take the points."

Fulham have been hit by injuries to Andy Johnson, Clint Dempsey, John Pantsil and Paul Konchesky.

"It can disrupt you a little bit, but hopefully it won't affect us for too long," added Hughes.

Source Mat Kendrick at Birmingham Mail
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