Remi Garde on what was brilliant about Aston Villa against West Ham

RĂ©mi Garde

Garde's side were beaten 2-0 by the Hammers on Tuesday evening.

Aston Villa’s spirit was fantastic in the loss to West Ham United, Remi Garde has told the club’s official website.

The Villains were beaten 2-0 by Slaven Bilic’s side on Tuesday evening as goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate saw them slip to their 15th loss of the season.

The game could have been much different for them though, having started the game well before Jordan Ayew’s red card saw them have to play the vast majority of the game with ten men.

And while he was disappointed with the result, Garde says their spirit was brilliant, and wants them to carry that into this weekend’s clash with Norwich City.

"The spirit the players showed at Upton Park was brilliant,” he told

“We will have to keep that. I was very proud of the way they reacted to all the stuff against us. The players did what they could."

"Norwich is a tremendously important game. It's a big match. I hope we will remember the game we had there. It was a tough match there. It will be the time for us to win.”

The big problem for Villa will now be how they will try and secure the points they need in the next three games without Ayew in the side.

He is currently their top goalscorer in the league with five goals to his name with the likes of Rudy Gestede and Scott Sinclair only having managed six between them.

That suggests Ayew will be sorely missed from the side, none more so than against fellow relegation rivals Norwich City this weekend.

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