Simon Dawkins ready for drop fight at Aston Villa

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Simon Dawkins today vowed to do everything within his power to help Aston Villa beat the drop as he eyes a Premier League debut against West Ham.

The attacking midfielder joined on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season on deadline day and was an unused substitute against Everton last weekend.

And the 25-year-old, who spent last season with MLS outfit San Jose Earthquakes, promised to repay the faith shown in him by manager Paul Lambert.

"Anything I can do to get Villa out of trouble I will. I want to help the club stay up and save them from relegation," said Dawkins.

"Things can turn quickly. One week you are in the relegation zone but a few wins and you are out of it. Let's hope we can get that going and save ourselves.

"Fresh faces always help any team and hopefully we can all gel together and find a way to get out of this."

Dawkins scored 14 times in 53 MLS appearances and admitted that while the league over the Atlantic has progressed the English top-flight will be a step-up in standard for him.

"This is a chance to play Premier League games and that is everything I have been working towards. Hopefully I can score a few goals in a Villa shirt as well," added Dawkins.

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