Ron Vlaar: Aston Villa have to stay focused after FA Cup win

Ron Vlaar
Ron Vlaar joined Aston Villa from Feyenoord in July 2012

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has said his side need to stay focused after their FA Cup semi-final win.

Villa beat Liverpool 2-1 to seal a place in the FA Cup final against Arsenal on 30 May, but Vlaar said league survival was still the priority.

"We have to be careful - we can enjoy the moment but from Tuesday we focus again on the next game," he told BBC Midlands Today following the victory.

Tim Sherwood's side are 15th, four points above the relegation places.

"We have to make sure we stay in the league - that's the most important thing - and then we have a final to play at the end," he added.

Villa's final fixtures
Manchester City (A), Everton (H), West Ham (H), Southampton (A), Burnley (H)

Villa beat Tottenham 0-1 at White Hart Lane in their last league game and Dutch international Vlaar was complimentary about Sherwood's influence.

"It's obvious that things have changed since he arrived. It felt like a new start and I think you can see that on the pitch," he said.

"We've really improved the way we play as a team."

Sherwood will have to manage with just two centre-backs in their bid to survive the drop after losing Nathan Baker for the rest of the season following an injury he suffered at Wembley.

Ciaran Clark will also miss the run in with a medial knee ligament problem.

"It's frustrating for him (Baker) but also for the team, but Jores Okore came on and did really well and that says something about the team spirit," Vlaar added.

Villa have five Premier League fixtures remaining before their first FA Cup final in 15 seasons.