Aston Villa's Fabian Delph reveals why he's confident of beating West Brom

The midfielder says the claret and blue squad have the character to bounce back from the weekend's Newcastle defeat on Tuesday night.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has told the club’s official website that the team can use the disappointment of the weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United to get points on the board against West Bromwich Albion.

Villa suffered their seventh-straight top-flight defeat at St James’ Park to leave them slumped in 19th-place in the table, with Tim Sherwood now having just 11 games to save them from the drop.

Tomorrow night’s crucial league clash against the Baggies at Villa Park is next up on the agenda, before Tony Pulis’ in-form side return for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final in part two of their double-header.

Delph remains focused on the first meeting for now, though, and insists his team have the character to achieve a positive result.

“The game against Albion comes fast. We must put this game behind us,” he said. "We've got to dig out a performance and get three points in the next game and that's the only thing that we're thinking about.

"We had chances at Newcastle, more than we have done recently and on another day they go in. But that didn't happen.

"It's something to build on though. The good thing is that there's another game on Tuesday so we've got to build on the weekend performance and crack on.

"It's all about character now. There aren't many games to go so we've got to get the points on the board.”

Villa will nevertheless face a tough battle against the Baggies, having seen their West Midlands rivals keep five clean sheets in their past seven games to climb up to 13th in the table – eight points above Sherwood’s men.

The claret and blues are also on course to be the Premier League’s lowest-ever scorers with 13 goals from 27 matches, as star striker Christian Benteke struggles to replicate his form of past seasons.

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