Aston Villa team captain Micah Richards has told the club's official website that the attitude in the squad is strong despite their poor start to the season.
Richards, 27, joined Villa on a free transfer this summer having seen his Manchester City contract expire, and was immediately made team captain by manager Tim Sherwood, though forward Gabriel Agbonlahor serves as club captain at Villa Park.
Richards was one of 13 summer signings made by Sherwood, and despite some optimism before the start of the season, Villa have made a torrid start to the campaign.
With just one win in the first eight games of the season, Villa are struggling, and manager Sherwood is coming under intense scrutiny as a result.
Now, with fans desperate to see a victory over Chelsea after the international break, Richards has issued a rallying call, whilst also making a promise to the Villa supporters.
Speaking to the club's official website, Richards says that he can't fault the attitude of his team-mates, and promised that results will improve in the near future.
"As the skipper, it's my job to make sure the boys are staying positive during this difficult spell," said Richards. "But this hasn't been a problem because I can't fault the attitude of the boys. Their desire to do the best they can is there in abundance too - and we will soon start picking up."
"These reasons mean that I'm really confident that results will come sooner rather than later. Overall, I don't think you can say we've played badly in the majority of our games so far this season. Yes we've been sloppy at times and made too many costly mistakes but on the whole we've been creating chances and scoring goals. If we carry on doing the right things, it won't be long before we start seeing greater rewards for our efforts," he added.
The old adage states that actions speak louder than words, and that is certainly the case here. Richards can promise better results, but that must translate on to the pitch after the international break - or Sherwood will find himself out of a job again.