Marc Albrighton has praised the influence of new Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier.
The winger revealed the Frenchman delivered a positive 'pep-talk' to the squad before many players linked-up with their respective nations.
Villa's recent good form came to an end at White Hart Lane on Saturday when Tottenham came from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory.
However, Albrighton who joined up with England Under 21's in preparation for their vital Euro Championship first-leg play-off against Romania at Carrow Road on Friday hailed Houllier for lifting the Villa players.
"I think if we're not playing well and not doing our jobs and not working hard he'll come at us and he will tell us that we're doing wrong and he'll punish us for it," said Albrighton.
"But because we're playing well and before Saturday we were getting results, then I don't think he's got any reason to bawl and shout at us, which I think is a good thing.
"He said how well we played which I think we all agree with.
"We did play well. It was the same as Stoke, we didn't deserve to lose the game, but that's something we'll have to work on."