Premier League:Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood wants to keep on improving

Ashley Westwood: Aston Villa midfielder is looking to push on

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Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood is looking to raise his game and help the club kick on after a solid start to the campaign.

The 23-year-old midfielder made the leap to the top flight from League 1 Crewe on deadline-day in August 2012 and enjoyed an impressive first season with Paul Lambert's men.

But an injury interrupted second campaign saw a dip in form before he bounced back with an improved performance in the 2-0 win over Cardiff at Villa Park last time out.

Westwood is now targeting continued improvement, telling the Birmingham Mail: "I've missed a few games with injury and I wasn't happy about that.

"I think you look at the start we've had we've played most of the top seven so to be in that position I think the lads have done brilliantly. We've set ourselves in good stead to really kick on now."

Ashley Westwood

"I thought I started the season well, but faded a bit. On Saturday I picked my personal performance up, I thought I was better and that's something I need to improve on.

"I've not hit the levels I hit last year and that's something I'm working on."

He added: "People start expecting more from you (in your second season). I'm still learning the league. It's a tough league and I'm not forgetting where I've come from.

"This time last year, I'd just signed. It's been a big year for me and I need to keep on improving.

"Last year I didn't really have time to think about it. I was just thrown in and it was either sink or swim. I thought I did well last year, but it's all about getting to grips with the league, there's some top players in this league and it's all about challenging yourself."

Villa ended a goal drought in the win over the Bluebirds, which propelled Lambert's side to 11th in the table, with 14 points from their opening 12 fixtures.

"Saturday's result was something the team needed," Westwood added.

"We needed a big win at home and another clean sheet is always nice. We've scored the goals so we've got that off our backs now.

"We've got a nice break so we can hopefully get everyone fit and hopefully go again.

"I think you look at the start we've had we've played most of the top seven so to be in that position I think the lads have done brilliantly.

"We've set ourselves in good stead to really kick on now.

"Against Everton we could have been 3-0 up at half time, that's another three points and then we'd be in the top half. So it's a nice position to be in."