Kortney Hause insists Aston Villa must replicate the same fighting spirit over the last 15 Premier League matches of the campaign that they showed in the second half of Saturday’s draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Dean Smith’s side turned around a 1-0 deficit at the break on the south coast to secure a share of the spoils courtesy of Jack Grealish’s ninth goal of the season in all competitions.
And defender Hause knows the belief and determination shown in the second period at the Amex Stadium must be on show for the crucial run-in – which includes Tuesday night’s big showdown against Watford at Villa Park. To secure your seat, click here.
“The game at the weekend, the first half wasn’t good enough,” said Hause.
“As professional football players, we know it wasn’t good enough.
“The manager touched upon it straightaway in the half-time team-talk and said we needed to improve, to fight and walk away from this game with something.
“As players, we took that on board.
“We went out in the second half with more fighting spirit, more belief and were playing more on the front foot.
“I thought we dominated the second half by a long way, to be fair, and thankfully we came away with a point thanks to a great goal from Jack.”
He added: “I feel as if we’ve got 15 games left, massive games if we want to stay in this league, and we’ve got to do the basics right – fight, scrap, be hard to beat as a team and win our personal battles.
“We’ve got to fight for the last 15 games.”