Guzan - Villa sticking together
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan insists the team are still firmly behind manager Paul Lambert, despite conceding 12 goals in their last two games.
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Villa go into Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at home to fellow strugglers Wigan on the back of a 4-0 defeat at home to Tottenham, which came three days after an 8-0 thumping at Chelsea.
Lambert's side are three points better off than third-bottom Wigan and Guzan wants the team to bounce back from the recent setbacks.
He said on the club website: "It's (the Tottenham loss) not the result we wanted but we have to keep pressing forward.
"It's a bump in the road, but it doesn't throw us off the track. We know what we're trying to do here.
"We're still confident as a team and as individuals and confident about where the manager and his coaching staff are taking us. We keep looking forward and moving together and sticking together."
Wigan go into the game on an even worse run, having lost their last three and five of their last six matches, the latest defeat a 2-1 reverse against Everton.
But defender Emmerson Boyce is still confident Roberto Martinez's men can get out of trouble.
"We're frustrated at the moment because we can't get stuck in a rhythm of performing well but not getting the results," he told the club website.
"Sooner or later we need to start picking up a good series of points, because we have to be aiming to look at getting above teams rather than worrying about teams below us.
"We're confident that the situation can change because we've done it before.
"If we can create more chances and take them then I'm confident that the rest of our game is good enough to win the upcoming matches."
Second-bottom Reading go in search of only their second league win of the season when they host West Ham.
Midfielder Danny Guthrie knows he has a point to prove to the Royals fans after returning to the side for the Boxing Day draw with Swansea.
Guthrie refused to participate in the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland earlier this month, for which he was fined two weeks' wages.
Guthrie, who apologised for the incident, told the club website: "I do feel I've got a point to prove.
"Obviously, it's been a difficult few weeks. I worked my socks off (against Swansea) and I'll only get better."
Elsewhere on Saturday, Southampton, a point outside the drop zone, travel to Stoke, Fulham host Swansea and Sunderland, fresh from their 1-0 win over Manchester City, welcome Tottenham in the early kick-off.
Norwich host City, sixth-placed West Brom travel to leaders Manchester United and Newcastle head to Arsenal.
On Sunday, basement boys QPR welcome Liverpool and Everton entertain Chelsea.