Ron Vlaar today admitted Villa were feeling the heat before avoiding their worst start to a home season since the war.
The claret and blues bagged just their sixth home Premier League win under Paul Lambert with Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Manchester City.
They escaped their worst home start to a season since 1946 with victory after losing to Liverpool and Newcastle in their opening two games. And, after criticism over their Villa Park form, Vlaar said the pressure was starting to tell.
He said: “It’s more from outside that people talk about it, but you know it and you feel it. When we scored the third goal I was sure we’d win the game because the spirit was amazing. We kept on going.
“When people are saying ‘you can’t win a home game’ it’s great to do ths. The spirit was good, we put a lot of energy into it and came back twice from a goal down. It was unbelievable.”
Villa go to Hull on Saturday ahead of the international break after back-to-back wins left them ninth in the Premier League.
They have already played Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City – along with Newcastle and Norwich – to claim nine points and raise hopes around Villa Park.
Saturday’s comeback win came after Leandro Bacuna and Andi Weimann struck twice in three minutes to sink City.
And Vlaar praised Bacuna for his free kick which made it 2-2 and insisted he was not surprised by the strike.
He said: “He trains a lot on his technique and you can see that with what happened – it was a great goal. Was it the same as Beckham? I don’t know, I’ll have to look again, but it was a great goal and the goalie didn’t have a chance.”