Remi Garde has told the Express and Star that he has already seen his Aston Villa side can play as a compact unit, despite only taking charge of one match so far.
Garde was in the dugout at Villa Park for the first time last weekend, and he managed to guide his side to a 0-0 draw with table-topping Manchester City.
Villa put in a battling performance in the match, and Garde feels there were a lot of positive signs on display.
“I’ve seen a team that played as a unit and players happy at the end so, hopefully, something’s starting to change,” the Frenchman said.
“12 games have been played and we have five points but the spirit we’ve shown makes me think we can do it.”
Villa’s task of staying up looks likely to be a testing one, after what has been an awful start to the campaign.
The Claret and Blues have not won a match since the opening day of the season, and they are currently propping up the Premier League table.
Villa are already five points adrift of safety, and a difficult fixture list is showing no signs of relenting.
Villa face matches against Everton, Watford, Southampton and Arsenal in the coming weeks, meaning that they will have to be at their very best to collect any points and start edging up the standings.