Delfouneso backs team-mates

Villa striker believes club can respond on Wednesday

Nathan Delfouneso: Believes Villa team-mates have the character to bounce back against Arsenal

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Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso is backing his team-mates to bounce back from their defeat to Liverpool against Arsenal.

Alex McLeish's men suffered a comprehensive 2-0 defeat that could have ended with a greater margin in the Reds' favour.

Villa have no time to dwell on the loss, with Arsene Wenger's side next up for the Midlands club on Wednesday.

Delfouneso knows their weekend performance was below par and he believes they will come out fighting against the North Londoners.

Regroup

"There's no time to sit around now," he told the club's official website.

"We have another big test on Wednesday and we have to get ourselves ready for it. We will get ourselves together and regroup.

"With the character we have in the dressing room, we will be raring to go on Wednesday. We have bounced back before and we can do it again, definitely.

"We will digest this result and then go on to the training pitch in the next couple of days and prepare for the next big challenge.

"Like Liverpool, Arsenal are a very good side. We must make sure we turn up and give them a really good game.

Spirit

"They are on form, even though they lost like us at the weekend and it won't be an easy game but we have the necessary fight and spirit to get a result.

"We want to give the fans an early Christmas present - a good performance and hopefully a victory and also make it an entertaining game.

"I am confident and the boys are confident in the changing room that we can go and get the victory."