Vlaar: Win was badly needed

by Michelle Fortune , 14 February 2013

Ron Vlaar has urged his Aston Villa team-mates to take confidence from their hard-fought win over West Ham and use it in their battle against relegation.

Villa moved out of the bottom three thanks to their 2-1 win over the Hammers last weekend , their first victory since December 15, but they need to build on the win if they are to have any chance of staying above the relegation zone.

Vlaar admits the win was just what the club needed after allowing leads against West Brom, Everton and Swansea slip away in the previous weeks, and he believes the success has provided the lift the team need to push on.

"It was big - we realise that for ourselves and for the fans and every employee at Villa because we needed this so badly and it finally happened," said Vlaar.

"We have to go on. It is only one win and we want more. We have to look forward to the next game.

"Everybody was very happy and you could feel the relief in the stadium and in the dressing room.

"We really deserved the win. The lucky finally came on our side so it was really good.

"It was great and very important win for us. It was almost there a couple of times in the weeks before and finally it happened so it was great for us.

"If you win you want to go straight in to the next game but if you lose as well you want to make things right.

"We have no game this weekend and we have to move forward to the next game now".

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