Dean Smith is looking to start 2020 on a positive note against Burnley.
In his own words, the Aston Villa manager ‘read the riot act’ to his players during defeat to Watford last time out.
And Smith is looking for a response from his squad at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day.
“It’s very important, especially after a defeat at Watford,” he said of the importance to beginning the year with a positive result.
“It was a big blow to us all. We didn’t play well enough and we need to work harder.
“There’s a lot of detail going into the debrief on Watford because I wasn’t happy with the players at all at half-time, in terms of their endeavour and attitude.”
Heading into the New Year, Villa sit in 18th place in the Premier League – one point adrift of safety.
Burnley are currently six points ahead of Smith’s men, but the Clarets have lost their last two matches following a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United last time out.
A 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Villa Park earlier in the season was a hard-fought contest, and Smith expects nothing less in Lancashire.
He said: “Sean knows how to do well in this league. They’ve been in the Premier League for a few years now and they’ve become an established team.
“They’ll be hard to beat, and Turf Moor is a place that we’re going to have to roll our sleeves up at.”