Boss Paul Lambert today urged Villa to embrace the fear factor to overcome their home stage fright.
The claret and blues have won just five Premier League games at Villa Park under Lambert after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Newcastle.
They were booed off as their wretched home run stretched to nine wins in 40 league games and Lambert insisted they must handle the pressure.
He said: “I’d rather have that level of expectancy on our shoulders. It’s important to have that to go and try and win games. I’d rather play with that. The crowd have been excellent since I’ve come to Villa.
“As a footballer you have to thrive in playing in front of a crowd. It’s too big a club not to have a big support, and it’s thousands. You take the rough with the smooth, that’s the game.”
Yoan Gouffran’s second-half winner sunk Villa after Christian Benteke had levelled with his fifth goal of the season. Hatem Ben Arfa fired Newcastle ahead as the Magpies bossed a ragged Villa and Lambert admitted they failed to perform.
He said: “I have great belief in my lads, I can’t fault them for the effort.
“But we never got going in the first half.”