Ashley Westwood today dismissed Villa’s critics and insisted the players feel wronged by the flak.
The midfielder reckons they deserve more credit for their start to the season after facing six of the top seven.
Villa are 14th in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s visit of Cardiff – but have not scored in 375 minutes after the weekend’s 0-0 draw at West Ham.
They have come under fire from some fans frustrated with a perceived lack of progress. But Westwood said: “We’ve played something like the top seven and we have done well. We haven’t got the credit we deserve and now there are teams around us we need to be beating.
“People looking from the outside will think Villa have only picked up so many points but the run we’ve had we’ve done really well to get that amount of points.
“You look at the start of the season and we beat Arsenal and then within three days we had Chelsea and then Liverpool. It’s a tough league and that’s why it’s great to play in this league against the top teams. You look at the next home fixtures (Cardiff and Sunderland) and they are points you should be taking.”
especially at home. Hopefully we can do that. I thought Saturday was a great point.
“We go into every game expecting to win, we don’t say ‘ah, we can get a draw there’. We go to win every game and that’s something we always try to do.”
Saturday’s stalemate at West Ham was Villa’s third away shutout and Westwood insisted their defence can provide a platform.
He said: “We had chances to win it but it’s a clean sheet and we’ll hold our heads high. It’s another clean sheet and that’s something we were getting criticised for last year so we’re putting that right.
“Coming away from home you expect to get put under pressure, especially against a team like West Ham who put balls into the box. The lads at the back dealt with that and looked really strong.”