Remi Garde has informed Aston Villa’s official website of his delight at the commitment his new players have shown to embracing his methods.
Garde took charge of Villa for the first time against Manchester City, just before the international break, and he guided them to a credible 0-0 draw.
And the Frenchman was pleased with the willingness of his players to learn his preferred style of football.
"The commitment pleased me most with the new way of playing because a new manager has his own ideas and we only had three training sessions all together so I was a little concerned that they wouldn't know what I wanted but they responded very very well and I was very happy about that," he said.
Villa were much improved against City, with their defence looking much more assured throughout the contest.
The Claret and Blues will have to progress further if they are to claw their way clear of trouble, though, and Garde will hope that his alterations are even more evident after the international break.
Garde has had an uninterrupted fortnight to work with Villa’s squad on the training ground, meaning that all eyes will be on his side’s next display against Everton at the weekend.
If Villa can get a victory in the fixture it will not get them out of the relegation zone, but it would drag them considerably closer to safety, and help them to build the momentum that they so desperately need.