Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley says there is no point in the team feeling sorry for themselves in the midst of their current slump, and insists all eyes are on claiming three points at West Ham United on the weekend.
Villa had looked to be heading for a much-needed win against Tottenham Hotspur this past Sunday but, after Christian Benteke’s 65th-minute sending-off, saw the visitors score twice in the final 10 minutes to resign them to a sixth successive defeat.
Having registered just one goal during their current pointless run, the pressure is mounting on both manager Paul Lambert and the players to turn things around, but Cleverley believes the Spurs match demonstrated several positives to build on.
"Footballers never enjoy losing games but that Tottenham defeat really hurt," he told the club’s official website. "We all felt we should have taken something from the game.
"But it's definitely a performance we can build on. We did a lot of things right in the game. Obviously it's massively disappointing to lose the game the way we did. But it was a performance we can build on.
"I thought when the incident happened that if we can win this game now it can really kick our season off. Unfortunately it wasn't the way it turned out.
"But that's even more reason to pull together, work even harder in training and get a result against West Ham. We can't look back now. The only way is forward.
"It's not a group of lads to feel sorry for ourselves. We know we can still do better. We need to do better.
"It's all eyes on West Ham and getting three points."