El Ahmadi wants Villa character

Midfielder wants Villa to respond against Tranmere in the cup

Karim El Ahmadi: Midfielder wants Aston Villa to show character against Tranmere

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Karim El Ahmadi has urged Aston Villa not to dwell on a second successive Premier League defeat following Saturday's 3-1 home reverse against Everton.

Villa boss Paul Lambert has endured a disappointing start to his tenure after following up an opening game loss at promoted West Ham with defeat in his first home fixture.

There is a quick chance to put things right when Villa entertain Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and El Ahmadi has called on his team-mates to show their character.

The summer signing, who scored against Everton, told the club's official website: "We have to prepare quick because on Tuesday we have another game and we have to win.

"We have to show some character as a team and as players. We are professionals and we have to stand up."

Go forward

Regarding the Everton defeat, he added: "I think in the second half we worked hard and tried to do something, especially with 10 men.

"Everton were good but we can also say to ourselves that we weren't sharp at the beginning.

"At 3-0 the game is more or less over but we still tried to score some goals in the second half.

"We can be disappointed but we have to go forward and think about the next game."