Davies - Fans are crucial
Curtis Davies says Aston Villa fans can play their part in helping the club progress in the Europa League.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 26/08/09 10:31pm
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Curtis Davies is confident Aston Villa can turn around their Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna with a little help from their supporters.
The defender was impressed with the atmosphere the Austrian fans created in Vienna last week as Villa went down 1-0.
The 24-year-old, whose slip let in Rapid to score after just 16 seconds of the first leg, has called for the Villa fans to replicate that atmosphere and ensure that Martin O'Neill's side are the ones celebrating come the final whistle.
The former Luton man helped Villa eradicate memories of their opening day defeat to Wigan when he scored in the surprise 3-1 win at Liverpool on Monday and Davies insists the squad is confident of progressing in Europe.
"Over in Austria there was a brilliant atmosphere," he said. "I've heard people say it's intimidating, but that's football.
"These are games you want to play in. I know people go to massive European clubs and taste the atmosphere, but that was as good an atmosphere as I've played in.
"The fans behind one goal were quality, it really lifted the game, especially with them scoring in the first minute, and they were singing from the first minute all the way to the 90th minute.
"It would be a boost if we can create something similar. If we can get the first goal we can get the crowd behind us early doors.
"Hopefully we've got enough in our locker to get the two goals we need and keep a clean sheet to go through."
Despite failing to break down the stubborn Rapid defence a week ago Davies is sure, with the aid of the bigger Villa Park pitch, that the team can find gaps in the Austrian's defence on Thursday.
"It was a frustrating night all round in Vienna," he added.
"Because they were in such a set formation and were happy for us to play the ball in front of them, it was hard to break them down.
"Hopefully, come Villa Park, with a bit bigger pitch we can move the ball around better and get the two goals that we need to get through."