Collins eyes Villa revival
James Collins expects Aston Villa to kick on after his goal snatched them a point in Sunday's Midlands derby.
Last Updated: 17/01/11 9:46am
Defender James Collins expects Aston Villa to kick on after his goal snatched them a point in Sunday's Midlands derby draw at Birmingham.
Gerard Houllier's men slipped 1-0 behind at St Andrews after Roger Johnson found the back of the net for the Blues just after half-time, but Collins came back for the Villans in the 73rd minute to salvage a point and lift them out of the Premier League drop zone.
Wales centre-back Collins was encouraged by Villa's fighting spirit and feels their fortunes could be changing after a woeful start to the campaign.
"We showed a lot of spirit and fight," Collins said in The Mirror. "We battled back and got a point.
"We put in a battling performance and it can really kick us on.
"No-one is happy with the way we have been performing.
"It is down to the players to really dig in and hopefully the spirit and the fight we showed will spur us on."
December was a disappointing month for Villa, with heavy defeats at Liverpool and Manchester City capping a dismal festive period.
While acknowledging those results were deflating for both the team's players and supporters, 27-year-old Collins feels the Birmingham draw could prove a turning point.
"Those two results in particular at Man City and Liverpool, no-one was happy," he added. "The fans were bitterly disappointed, the same as the players.
"When you are down there the one thing you need to show is fight and commitment and we certainly did that (against Birmingham)."