Captain Jack Grealish insists Aston Villa must dust themselves down and go again as they look to bounce back from Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Villa were undone on home soil against the reigning Premier League champions, netting a 91st-minute consolation courtesy of Anwar El Ghazi’s penalty.
Dean Smith’s side will now be looking to register an immediate response, starting at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Speaking post-match after the defeat to City, skipper Grealish said: “It was obviously a tough game.
“I think they’re a brilliant side but we were nowhere near good enough.
“We were nowhere near good enough, we know that as a team, and we spoke about that in the dressing room.
“They’re an unbelievable team, you’ve just got to look at the players they have in their starting XI and on the bench.
“It was tough but we can always be better.
“We have to try and forget about it and go into next weekend’s game against Brighton with our heads held high.”
He added: “You can’t really do much against Manchester City sometimes.
“But we do feel that, as a team, we could have done much better to keep the scoreline down.
“It’s one of those games that we’re going to have to dust ourselves down from and go again next week.”