A few weeks ago people questioned the commitment of the Aston Villa team, but excluding the Tottenham game, since the moment people questioned them they have answered everyone's call for a committed team effort.
The side that lined up was much different to the side that lined up against Liverpool, not in just personnel terms, but in terms of the level of commitment and determination to get three points on the board.
Paul Lambert's astute transfer dealings, and willingness to delve into the unknown seems to be paying off, with Leandro Bacuna showcasing on the big stage how good he can be, and Ciaran Clark showing he is almost like a new player this season.
In relation to this, the performance and celebrations against Manchester City just showed how
much the victory meant to the team and Paul Lambert with a real togetherness shown after each goal and at full time.
I think the side plays as a team now which makes the difference. The squad shows an excellent bond for many reasons: Brad Guzan never fails to display his leadership qualities, constantly directing the players; Paul Lambert and his back-room staff are clearly doing an amazing job too and the lads performance was a truly spirited effort on Saturday - and even against Spurs midweek finally the bench at Villa even seem to be a knitted group with the starting eleven which is key to a good mould.
Ron Vlaar was immense and led the defence well along with the rest of the new back five idea Lambert used.
The great second half showed the spirit we have as we pressed Manchester City much higher up, and apart from the goal in the second half City did not have to many chances.
Furthermore, Lambert's call to drop Matt Lowton is an excellent decision as he has looked far from even mediocre at times this season and his two games out may teach him his place in the team is not nailed on.
Nobody can deny the ability Ashley Westwood has, but Yacouba Sylla alongside Karim El Ahmadi and Fabian Delph looks a far better combination of players to orchestrate the midfield than when Westwood is in the side.
Andreas Weimann looked imperious again yesterday and back to what he is good at, which is another positive to take out of the game.
Overall it was an emphatic, exciting, eye-catching performance against Manuel Pellegrini's side and is sure to raise a few eyebrows.
All the side has to do this time though is to keep it going with the high spirit carrying on to next weeks tie against Hull City.
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