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Garde on West Ham test: We must be at our maximum level

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Garde on West Ham test: We must be at our maximum level

Rémi Garde is well aware of Villa's precarious position in the Barclays Premier League - but insists that a run of victories would put us back on course for survival.

Garde insists that the three match unbeaten run in the top-flight has given him renewed hope.

But he knows that tremendous form and results are needed over the next 15 games, starting at West Ham on Tuesday.

He said: "I still believe we can win two or three games in a row - then we will be back on track.

"I will be lifting my players. They give me a lot of hope in the previous weeks and the previous games.

"I liked the way we fought with our tools - what we can do - we were at the maximum and I expect no less than that. We should be able to do it again.

"We can still win games. Sometimes it's difficult. But we have to take each game like cup matches.

"Sometimes in those you play against better teams but sometimes the spirit is better. That's what should inspire us.

"The last few weeks we have had hope. This will be my aim in the next few weeks.

"We will try to put the same attitude and spirit into this game as we showed in the West Ham home match.

"They are a good side, of course. They have had a very good season.

"They have many strong players, many options.

"They had a good run in December. When they came to Villa Park, they looked a good side.

"That day we responded very well and I am expecting the same attitude from my players to that game.

"However, it's not a place that is easy to get points."


Garde insists, too, that the cobwebs from the Man City loss will have been wiped clear when his team face the Hammers this evening.

He added: "It was a different competition and it was such a good side.

"They had players who played that game but usually they are subs.

"In that case, you want to show the manager that you should be in the next starting line-up.

"They were very motivated. I was impressed by their discipline and their tactics.

"Now our only focus is on West Ham."

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 2nd February 2016
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