Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker believes the club have proven a few people wrong with their solid start to the season.
Paul Lambert’s side sit sixth in the Premier League table at present, having taken 10 points from their opening six matches, with a 1-0 upset win over Liverpool at Anfield last month seeing them go second for a time.
Baker made his first start of the campaign in that much with captain Ron Vlaar out injured and, though the club have since suffered successive 3-0 defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea, the centre-back believes the pre-season pessimism has now been banished.
‘It’s been a great start for us I think,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘Obviously the last two games haven’t gone how we wanted but I think people thought sixth at the start of the season would’ve been a long shot.
‘We’ve proved a lot of people wrong. It’s a great feeling. Obviously you want to be as high as possible in the table and it’s been nice to look above rather than down for a change.’
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After returning to the starting XI for the trip to Chelsea following a stomach virus, Baker is expected to keep his place in the lineup for this Saturday’s home clash against Manchester City with Vlaar’s fitness still up in the air.
The team recorded a remarkable 3-2 win in last season’s corresponding fixture, and the former England under-21 international is hoping for repeat result on the weekend.
‘I was playing that day and obviously it was a great feeling,’ he said. ‘We’d love to repeat that on Saturday and think we can certainly get a result.'