Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley has conceded that the side’s recent performances have simply not been up to scratch, and pledged to put things right for the claret and blue faithful over the coming weeks.
After two relegation-threatened seasons under Paul Lambert, Villa got off to hot start to this term, taking 10 points from their opening four league games to sit second in the table for a time.
The club have since failed to score a single goal in five successive defeats, however, with the recent 2-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers prompting considerable backlash from supporters.
The Manchester United loanee is refusing to panic, though, and insists there is real determination within the squad to bounce back on the weekend when Tottenham Hotspur come to Villa Park.
‘It's been a challenging period for us. We've had some tough fixtures and we've not been 100% up to standard in a couple of games,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘The determination and aim is to come out fighting against Tottenham and everyone pulling together as a team to get a result.
‘I don't think our confidence has been knocked. We know what we we're capable of and we just need to perform and work hard in training and do the business on Sunday.
‘We appreciate the fans here. They've been great with me since I joined and have made me feel very welcome. Hopefully we can repay them on Sunday.’