Speaking to Aston Villa's official website, midfielder Fabian Delph has paid tribute to the club’s fans following Sunday lunchtime’s 5-0 thumping at Arsenal.
A dominant Gunners side took the lead through Olivier Giroud’s eighth-minute strike, before well-taken finishes from Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott made it 3-0 in the second-half.
Santi Cazorla then added a fourth from the spot with 15 minutes left, after Brad Guzan had brought down substitute Chuba Akpom, before Hector Bellerin completed the rout with a long-range effort at the death.
The stand-in skipper at the weekend, Delph heaped praise on the claret and blue support at the Emirates Stadium amid the disappointing trip, and has vowed to put things right ahead of the next Saturday's meeting with Chelsea.
“The fans have been great, I could hear them at Arsenal and they were great,” he said. "Even after the game and such a big scoreline they were still applauding so fair play to them.
"We'll try and put in a good performance and try and get some points in the next game. I know the lads have got the character and it won't dampen our spirits.”
Villa have now gone eight league games without a win, six top-flight matches without a goal and remain just three points above the relegation zone, but Delph is remaining positive moving forward, insisting that the weekend’s result didn’t reflect the team’s performance.
"We went into the game feeling confident,” he added. “I thought we played well for the first 60 minutes and then started to make errors and they capitalised on them.
"Andi had a good chance. And then we came in at half-time and felt really confident that we could get back into the game and that we could go from there.
"The chances are just not going in for us at the moment. The boys are working hard in training so I'm sure that'll change."
Sitting 16th in the Premier League table with 22 points from 23 games, Paul Lambert’s side are set for a tough second half of the season after bringing in just Carles Gil and Scott Sinclair during the transfer window, although in the likes of Delph there are difference-makers who can help pull them out of trouble.