Gardner: Fans are cranking up the noise levels for final run-in
Gary Gardner believes the claret and blue faithful are cranking up their support - and he should know because he's one of the fans turning up the decibel levels.
Gardner was awestruck by the volume during the QPR win and he thinks it will be more of the same from the stands for the Liverpool, Fulham, Sunderland and Chelsea games.
The midfield ace was an excited observer at the Rangers match as he watched the game ebb and flow - but he maintained he was always confident Villa would emerge victorious.
He said: "I was here for the game. It was brilliant.
"It was an amazing atmosphere. The stadium was rocking. It was fantastic.
"It was up and down but I was buzzing at the end.
"It was a full range of emotions. You see the boys score and you're feeling high and then they score and you're gutted.
"But in the second half we came out and looked really strong. I was really confident we'd get the result.
"We played good football and finished strongly. That bodes well.
"The fans were brilliant. They are right behind the lads. They are the 12th man every single week. Their support is tremendous.
"The noise in the West Ham game was tremendous. It will be the same between now and the end of the season"
Gardner, who returned to training with the reserves this week, has seen first-hand the positive effect that result has had on the Bodymoor Heath camp.
The 20-year-old admits the training ground is full of smiles but he reiterated no-one is getting ahead of themselves on the eve of a final run-in of eight matches.
He added: "The mood at Bodymoor is superb. But it is all the time. It's a great place to be because it's always upbeat.
"But we've had back-to-back wins against Reading and QPR which has been brilliant. Hopefully we can push on now.
"I've watched all the games and we've been playing well for a while. In some games we haven't got our rewards but we did in the last two. I think we're looking strong.
"Everyone has a smile on their face in and around the place. It's all upbeat.
"It's all about confidence. We beat Reading and that helped us go into QPR on a high and it will be the same for our next game. The lads are buzzing.
"But we're not getting carried away. It's a really sensible group of lads, 100%.
"You have to treat every team with the utmost respect, prepare right which the gaffer makes sure we do week-in and week-out and treat every game like a cup final."
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