Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood believes his team haven’t received the credit they deserve so far this season after a tricky opening run of games thoroughly tested Paul Lambert’s side.

After opening their campaign with a 3-1 away win at the Emirates Stadium, the Villa Park side were then faced with games against Chelsea and Liverpool - narrowly losing both games by a one-goal margin.

Since then, they have played three more of the top seven teams in the Premier League, securing an impressive 3-2 home win over Manchester City but losing out 2-0 on both occasions at White Hart Lane and Goodison Park. 

With the club currently sitting 14th in the table, Westwood firmly believes that his team have weathered the storm pretty well and deserve more plaudits for their start to the season.

In an interview with the Birmingham Mail that was quoted by Sky Sports, he said: “We haven't got the credit we deserve and there are teams around us we need to be beating.

"People looking from the outside will think Villa have only picked up so many points but the run we've had we've done really well to get that amount of points."

Following his sides 0-0 stalemate at Upton Park last Saturday, the 23-year-old expressed his delight at taking a point from the Hammers and was clear about the mentality his teammates take into every game.

“You look at those fixtures and they are points you should be taking, especially at home. I thought Saturday at West Ham was a great point.

“We go into every game expecting to win, we don't say 'ah, we can get a draw there'. We go to win every game and that's something we always try to do," he added.

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