Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor says his side are no longer looking back after securing a vital 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, the BBC reports.
Tim Sherwood’s new side went into the match winless in 12 games, occupying a spot in the bottom three and facing the realistic proposition of relegation from the Premier League.
But, after a 94th minute Christian Benteke penalty handed the Villans victory in a highly eventful evening at Villa Park, the Midlands outfit moved out of the bottom three at Queens Park Rangers’ expense.
Despite clearly not being out of the woods yet, Villa’s opening scorer Agbonlahor has illustrated his side’s growing confidence by stating that his side are now only focusing on heading in one direction – upwards.
"This result will give us confidence. We believe we can stay up and we're not going to look back now. Any point is crucial but to get all three...” the striker explained.
“We've not had any luck all season but we did today with the late penalty."
With no wins in 12 before Tuesday and an embarrassingly low scoring tally for the season, fans and players of the Villa Park club could be forgiven for feeling down in the doldrums and having a defeatist attitude.
However, there has been a clear mentality change since Tim Sherwood’s arrival as new manager and an air of optimism is growing on the claret and blue side of Birmingham.
Agbonlahor’s comments will delight fans, not only as it breeds confidence but also raises the expectations at the club, and that can only be healthy.
While the primary objective for this season should be to avoid relegation, setting themselves a task of trying to overtake the likes of rivals WBA can help push the players’ limits and yield further motivation.