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Westwood: Villa are focused

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood says the players' focus is on their next game against Southampton, despite the problems at the club.

Under-fire Villa boss Paul Lambert remains in charge, but his two long-term assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa have both been suspended.

Since an impressive home win over Chelsea in the middle of March, Villa have suffered a terrible run of games, losing their last four on the bounce.

With a defeat at Crystal Palace at the weekend, Lambert's men have been pulled back into the fight for Premier League survival and now only four points separate them from the relegation zone.

Having being there last season, Westwood believes Villa know what it takes and are focused on Saturday's home game against Southampton to kick-start their revival.

The 24-year-old told the Daily Mirror: "We know we have been on a bad run. But come Saturday we know we have to get our minds right and focus on the Southampton game.

"We were in training on Tuesday and we know what has gone on and that is down to the gaffer and the club.

"It is obviously going to attract attention. But we turned out good performances last year when we needed to.

"The lads have been there before. We have the experience from last year when we really needed results and got them. There is no reason we can't do it again.

"We had a disappointing result at the weekend. But the gaffer says forget about that and move on to the next one. He is good at that.

"On our day, we can beat anyone and match anyone. It is just getting the right performance.

"If we could put our finger on it, we would be challenging for the title.

"We need to pressurise teams more and play on the front foot from the start, then we will be fine."