Manager Paul Lambert is urging Villa fans to take in the long-term view of his Aston Villa rebuild in the wake of back-to-back home defeats.
Villa will attempt to put the forward momentum back into their campaign with a visit to West Ham this weekend.
But Lambert’s squad has slipped down the table after successive defeats by Spurs and Everton that have triggered fresh scepticism about the campaign.
Lambert’s squad conducted a “meet and greet” day with young fans yesterday as they staged a training open day and the manager is eager to spread a “keep the faith” message.
“I’m pleased about the team and I’m pleased with the effort the players are putting in and what they’re doing in games,” he insists.
“They have built up a great rapport with the fans and that’s not only important, it’s a reflection of how our fans have come to identify with this team in a very short space of time.
“We’re only a year and a bit into building this team but our fundamental principles are already clear.
“We try to win games. We play with hunger and desire and we play with pride. As a team we keep learning.”