Brad Guzan says Villa will use their West Ham woe to drive them on in tonight's clash against Cardiff.
Guzan insists the claret and blues are still looking upwards rather than over their shoulders despite dropping out of the top half after Saturday's defeat at Villa Park.
The American goalkeeper feels the disappointment of the Hammers loss can be harnessed into a determination to put things right.
"It is a massive game for both teams and we know it is going to be a hard game," said Guzan.
"But, in saying that, after the West Ham result we are going to be looking forward this one to on a huge scale.
"Win, lose or draw, you put the previous results behind you and look forward.
"On Saturday, it was not the result we wanted by any means. We were a bit unlucky to hit the post a few times.
"We created some chances but at the end of the day we know it wasn't good enough.
"The only positive is we get to go again in a short space of time and now Cardiff is a massive one.
"We have to regroup, which we will, and continue to fight."
Guzan accepts there could be a "new spirit" about Cardiff with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently replacing Malky Mackay in the hotseat.
But the 29-year-old says Villa must focus on their own game as they aim to climb back into the top 10 and complete a league double over the Bluebirds.
"We are going to be looking forward to Cardiff regardless of their new manager and maybe a new spirit in the team," Guzan added.
"There's a lot of football games to be played so we continue to look forward and not look back.
"This is a big opportunity for us to get three points."
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