Captain Ron Vlaar wants more consistency from Villa – but admits Paul Lambert’s claret and blues are bound to have “ups and downs” this season.
Villa have made a topsy-turvy start to the season with one win, two draws and three defeats in the Premier League and two victories in the Capital One Cup.
At home they have lost to Everton, beat Swansea and drawn with Albion in the league and overcome Tranmere in the cup.
On the road they have lost at West Ham and Southampton, drawn with Newcastle and beaten Manchester City in the cup.
Results show Villa have made their worst start to a Premier League season but that statistic flies in the face of the mood of optimism at the club under Lambert.
Villa travel to Tottenham on Sunday before the international break and resume with a trip to Fulham and Vlaar reckons they need to string a run of results together.
“The most important thing is consistency and we haven’t shown that,” he said.
“We produced a really good team display against Swansea and we should have won more than 2-0. At Southampton, unfortunately, it all went wrong after Darren Bent had given us the lead.
“With a young team like ours, you know you’re going to have ups and downs, and we know we have to be more consistent.”
Vlaar has become Lambert’s on-pitch lieutenant after getting the armband from Bent last month but the defender insists he did not covet the captaincy.
‘‘It wasn’t something that was on my mind when I joined Villa but I’m always looking to improve my game and I enjoy the responsibility of being captain,’’ he said.
“It’s a great honour to have been appointed captain.”