Premier League: Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood rallies fans ahead of Norwich clash
Ashley Westwood says Aston Villa do not struggle at home and hopes the fans will continue to show 'fantastic support'.
Last Updated: 02/03/14 3:48pm
Paul Lambert's men have picked up just 11 points at Villa Park in the Premier League this season, with their only home wins coming against Manchester City, Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion.
They are just four points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Sunday's clash with Norwich City, and Westwood has called on both the players and the supporters to play their part in trying to pick up another victory.
"A lot of people have said we struggle at home, but for me it's a great place to play," said the former Crewe Alexandra midfielder in the Birmingham Mail.
"When the fans are on their day and getting behind us, there's no team stopping us. We need them.
"It's a combined effort. If we put in the performances then the fans will cheer us on.
"For me I could be playing in League Two still, so I relish playing at Villa Park. When we look back to the Man City game when we beat them at home the fans were fantastic and we need more of that. We need everyone to come together.
"As long as a player gives 100 per cent then there's no reason to get on people's back and that's something we need to do and pressurise teams high up the pitch."
Westwood is hoping to recover from the dead leg which forced him off in the 1-0 loss to Newcastle in time to feature against Norwich, having performed well before he had to be replaced.
And he believes Villa are a much stronger team when they take the attack to opponents and set a fast pace in midfield.
"It's my job to get on the ball," he said.
"They gave us a lot of space in the first half and that allowed me to do that and get Gabby Agbonlahor in the little hole.
"As a team we need to set the tempo. When we go at teams we're miles better. We can match anyone on our day.
"Me and Fabian Delph have struck up a real partnership in there and Karim El Ahmadi coming in adds to that as well."