Last Updated: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:57
Winger Brett Holman believes Aston Villa can take confidence from their performances against Manchester United and Arsenal.
Villa were edged out 3-2 by United after leading 2-0 and came within inches at the weekend of defeating Arsenal when Holman's shot hit the crossbar during the latter stages of the goalless draw.
The midlands club climbed out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for 24 hours with that share of the spoils but dropped back below the safety line after Southampton's victory over Newcastle.
When asked how much being in the bottom three was a talking point, Holman said: "Not at all really. Everyone knows about it but we never really spoke about it in the dressing room.
"It's still early doors. Obviously, everyone knows what situation we are in. We are all grown-ups and we have all been around the block.
"We need to grit our teeth, get stuck in and do things correctly. Considering the previous two matches were lost, the point against Arsenal has given us a good boost ahead of Tuesday. I think we can look back at the games against United and Arsenal and say we are doing well. We need to sort our away form out, but it's looking better."
Villa host fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday.
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