Our squad depth is great, insists Aston Villa's Lowton

Matthew Lowton insists Aston Villa are well-positioned to make a run up the Premier League table on their return from the international break.

Aston Villa right-back Matthew Lowton insists the club have the squad depth to cope with the impending winter fixture pile-up and turn around their current poor run of results.

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.

Their form fell into a downward spiral from there, however, suffering six straight defeats, before some heroics from goalkeeper Brad Guzan helped seal a 0-0 draw at West Ham United on the weekend.

Nevertheless, with Villa hosting Southampton in their first match back after the international break, before subsequent fixtures against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, Lowton believes that the Claret and Blues are primed for a run up the table.

"It's the start of a busy period now. It always is leading up to Christmas,” he told the club’s official website.

"The squad has been used a lot this season already and we've had a lot of players coming in and doing their job - I think the squad depth we've got is great.

"We know whoever comes in will do well."

Villa have scored just one goal in almost 11 hours of football during their dismal run, and Lowton admits that the team owe it to the fans to produce something to shout about.

“The supporters pay their money every week to come and watch us so it's up to us to give them something to cheer about even if that's winning a 50-50 tackle or a header - sometimes the fans prefer to see that than a nice bit of skill,” he said.

"They want to see heart and endeavour. We worked on it last week and we spoke about it to make sure we were on our game at West Ham as we knew the ball was going to come on top of us as it did.

“We showed great heart - the blocks - Guzan's saves - you could see at the end of the game the crowd in the away end were buzzing and it was great to stop the rot together."

Villa will certainly need to show a bit more “heart and endeavour” up front over the coming weeks, having mustered only five goals, 101 shots and 30 shots on target so far this season – all Premier League-worst figures.

Furthermore, injuries on the back-line are also piling up, with first-choice centre-backs Philippe Senderos and Ron Vlaar both going down on international duty, and back-up Nathan Baker already suffering with a twisted knee.

Lowton himself could be set to drop to the bench, however, with Alan Hutton expected to return to action soon, after missing the past three matches with an ankle issue.

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