Last Updated: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:24
Christian Benteke insists the pressure of Aston Villa's battle to retain their Barclays Premier League status holds no fear for him.
After Wigan's 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday night, Villa remain 17th in the table with five matches left to play, three points clear of the 18th-placed Latics, who now have one game in hand over them.
Benteke - scorer of 19 goals in all competitions for Villa this season following his move from Genk last summer - looks likely to be a key figure in the Midlands outfit's survival bid from here, and regarding their run-in the 22-year-old Belgium international said: "If I was scared of pressure, I would be playing ping-pong.
"This is the best league in the world and it's normal that there will be pressure surrounding the games."
Benteke, quoted by the Express & Star, added: "We can't be satisfied to be where we are in the league but we know we can do something about this.
"We believe in ourselves, we believe in each other, the manager (Paul Lambert) believes and the fans are behind us. We are growing as a team, we know we have to do our job and we will.
"When my father has spoken to me about my responsibilities as a person, he has always said 'be a man and be confident in yourself'. So this is how I am.
"We're a good team. Sometimes we have been unlucky in games but we are learning and growing together and it will take time with this team."
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