Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood relieved to make first-team comeback

Fit-again Ashley Westwood believes he is returning to an Aston Villa side which is starting to prosper with a new style of football.

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood has revealed his relief at making his first-team comeback in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Blackpool in the third-round of the FA Cup.

Westwood made his first start since suffering medial knee ligament damage in the December win over Leicester and, after coming through the match unscathed, is hoping to face the Foxes again in the coming weekend’s reverse fixture.

"It's been frustrating not playing. I've been watching the lads for the last four weeks,” he told the club’s official website.

"I didn't expect to the playing against Blackpool but I got thrown in. I'm glad to be back and I don't like missing football and thankfully we got the win.

"When we're playing like that, it was a good game to come into. They dropped off, gave us time on the ball and it was good to get the win."

Westwood also believes Paul Lambert’s side are making significant progress under their new keep-ball approach, and thinks it won’t be long before fans get their wish of seeing more goals at Villa Park.

"We're keeping the ball, moving around and teams normally do that to us,” he added. “We're progressing. You can see the amount of possession we've had in the last few games.

"Teams have been coming here and sitting on the edge of the box. It's tough to break them down.

"The likes of Chelsea and Man City find it hard to do that at times so we've got to be patient and pick the right time to slot someone in on goal and we did that on Sunday.

"Christian looked back to his normal self again. He was bullying defenders. I'm sure that'll give him a lot of confidence."

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