By Paul Brown
Ashley Westwood insists there's a real faith in camp that things are starting to come together as he eased concerns surrounding Villa's bottom three placing.
Westwood believes that Villa will soon start climbing the table as they come through an immensely tough series of fixtures that will have seen them play Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal, who have 16 Barclays Premier League titles between them.
Villa's in-form central midfielder believes weekly work at the training ground is a good barometer to how the team is shaping up.
And he insists sessions are getting sharper from week to week, with players reacting positively to life under Paul Lambert's tutelage.
He said: "We're not concerned about being in the bottom three. We don't even look at the league table. We look at the performances!
"We will have had three of the toughest games you could wish for - Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal. Even the likes of Chelsea would be pushed to get a lot of points out of a run of games like that.
"We aren't downhearted at all. We're very positive. We know we're going in the right direction with the gaffer in charge. We're improving every minute, every hour, every day. We're getting stronger as a squad.
"We'll take on Arsenal this weekend and look to bounce back positively from the loss at Man City. Then we will look forward to the matches coming up like Reading, QPR and Stoke.
"We're giving it 100% for this football club, nothing less is acceptable under the gaffer.
"The training is unbelievable. That's the big thing I have noticed coming from Crewe. The training is so sharp and if you're not on it every day in training, you get found out.
"If we carry that level of training into the games, we'll be fine. The drills are fantastic, so enjoyable to be part of. It's all sharp, snappy stuff - one and two touch - that suits me down to the ground - working on possession. It's fantastic.
"What you do in training is what you take forward into the games. If you're not sharp, on it, switched on, you're going to be sluggish come Saturday.
"We're flying in training. I think we're getting sharper, slicker and better every day. We're improving all the time and I think that's showing in the games each week.
"I know we have lost to Man Utd and Man City but I think the improvements from earlier in the season are there for all to see.
"I came into the team against Sunderland and then looked at the next three fixtures - Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal.I just thought 'yes, this is where I want to be and this is what football is all about.' This is what I have always wanted and I'm enjoying being out there.
"But it's the same for all of us. We're all determined. We're all focused. There's some younger players surrounded by some older heads, which is great.
"Against Man Utd, I thought we were brilliant and in the first half against City I thought we were really in there with a chance of getting something. Then there was that decision. We will go again against Arsenal now. We will giving it everything we've got."
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