Lewis Holtby calls on Tottenham to bounce back

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Lewis Holtby has called on his Tottenham team mates to bounce back from their shock defeat to West Ham.

Tottenham lost 3-0 to the Hammers at White Hart Lane before the international break, delivering a blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four.

They now sit in sixth position and have not played together for two weeks following a round of World Cup qualifiers.

Andre Villas-Boas and his side travel to Villa Park on Saturday to face a tough encounter against Aston Villa but Holtby believes the international break would have revitalised the confidence of the players.

"It was vital for everyone, especially after that Russia trip [to Anji Makhachkala in the Europa League], to have a break, and to go with the national teams to get some good experience like the Belgium and England lads did," the 23-year-old told the club's official website.

"They achieved a ticket for the World Cup, and a lot of other players won with their countries, so for everyone the confidence is very important."

This will be the second time in a month that Spurs have visited the Birmingham ground, having won 4-0 in the Capital One Cup late in September.

Holtby is confident that Tottenham can deliver a repeat of that performance and get their Premier League campaign back on track.

"I'm definitely looking forward to going in that dressing room again because I’ve got good memories of it!" Holtby continued.

"I think we’re up for it. Especially everyone who played against West Ham is definitely looking to come back from the result we had. We must keep it out of our minds, and try to get a win.

"We've won twice at Aston Villa now, twice 4-0. But they will be up for it as well."

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