A game against Rotherham United may not sound like the key to a season's insight, but Villa blogger Matt Turvey says it shows evidence Paul Lambert's plans really can mean progress.
Most of this week has been spent reflecting on a loss to Liverpool and a mid-week win against Rotherham United. With four games in just ten days, fatigue has been suggested as a reason why Villa have started the season brightly only to fade after the first game.
Others could argue that the win against Arsenal was down to a combination of factors - Arsenal's failure to reinforce and Villa's buoyant mood under manager Paul Lambert - whilst the games against Chelsea and Liverpool were against stronger teams, and under increased pressure given the fixture scheduling.
Whatever the argument for the results, Villa occupy a mid-table slot, though most teams around them have a game in hand due to their two games played to Villa's three. With all that said though, mid-table is about as likely a final place for Villa this season, with the Midlands club likely to be finishing slightly above or below 10th this time around.
Away from the league, Villa's first foray into the League Cup this season brought a win, panned by some as irrelevant due to the stature of the opposition. However, fans would be well advised to remember that a team of lesser league placing knocked Villa out of the same competition last season, and that bigger teams are knocked out annually by their supposed lesser counterparts.
All this goes to show that the often-trotted-out phrase of "All games are tough" - normally stated in the context of when a club is facing a potential banana skin opponent - actually has some value. Teams need to be professional and organised to win games, regardless of the opposition, and the margins in quality between leagues are narrower than ever in pure footballing skill terms.
If this doesn't sound logical, I remember a quote from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger when discussing the small windows for decision making at the top level in which he said that defenders have between one and two seconds to figure where to play the ball, midfielders between half and one second, and strikers between 0.1 and 0.2 seconds.
Looking at those figures shows that by simply being a second slower, you could be plying your trade in League One or League Two rather than the Premier League. The lesson to be learned? Play well if you are a Premier League team because those supposed "minnows" that occupy leagues two or three slots below you are still more than capable of teaching you a lesson.
All of this leads me on to a wider statement about how Paul Lambert's Villa are focussed on putting in that effort, using that fitness, to ensure that they win games. Villa's team may be filled with players from supposedly-lesser league than the Premier League, but the gap isn't as large as some might think, and is in some way proven by the emergence of the likes of Ashley Westwood and Matthew Lowton as first-team regulars.
So as Villa take a few weeks off from football due to an international break and Chelsea's commitments as part of the Super Cup, I'll leave you with this final thought - be happy when we get wins regardless of who they are against because, if you don't, you'll find yourself reflecting disproportionately on our losses than you are enjoying our wins.
You can follow Matt Turvey’s regular opinions at his own site, Aston Villa Life at http://www.astonvillalife.com, via the site’s Twitter account @astonvillalife, or via his own Twitter account @mturvey_star.