Villa v Tranmere player preview: El Ahmadi calls for character
Karim El Ahmadi insists it is down to the players to "stand up and show character" as Villa look to get a first win over the season under their belts against Tranmere on Tuesday.
El Ahmadi netted his first goal for the club in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Everton but he admitted it came as little consolation because of the disappointing result.
Now the Moroccan midfielder is focused on helping Paul Lambert's team bounce back by securing a place in round three of the Capital One Cup.
He admits the Tranmere clash will be a strong test of Villa's character following back-to-back league defeats.
"We have to prepare quick because on Tuesday we have another game and we have to win," said El Ahmadi.
"We have to show some character as a team and as players. We are professionals and we have to stand up.
"Everybody is disappointed about Everton because in the first-half we didn't play good but we didn't need to be 3-0 down.
"I think in the second half we worked hard and tried to do something, especially with 10 men.
"Everton were good but we can also say to ourselves that we weren't sharp at the beginning.
"At 3-0 the game is more or less over but we still tried to score some goals in the second half.
"We can be disappointed but we have to go forward and think about the next game."
El Ahmadi says he benefited from playing in a more advanced role after the break as Villa pushed for a way back into the contest.
But the former Feyenoord man would have swapped his well-taken goal for a share of the points.
"I the second-half I was playing more behind the strikers and trying to get near them and the ball was following me," he added.
"I had the opportunity to shoot on goal and I think it was a good goal. But I'd rather be winning than scoring a goal."
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