Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar has said it is only a matter of time until a new-found resilience is followed by a return to the attacking sharpness of earlier in the season.
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Villa have kept clean sheets in their last three away games but have not scored in any of their last four fixtures -- but Vlaar is convinced the tide will turn for forwards Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann.
"We have a lot of quality up front," he told Villa's official website. "We will score very soon. Christian was very close at West Ham [in a 0-0 draw]. He was unlucky with the crossbar and the good save from the goalkeeper.
"Christian, Gabby and Andi showed they are one of the best strike forces in the Premier League last season, and they will show that again. Sometimes it's just a bit of luck."
Vlaar, one of many players to have been brought to the club by manager Paul Lambert, added: "The general feeling in the team is that we're getting better.
"Of course we have to get better results at home, but we are improving. I think the familiarity is a big thing with our team this season. For a lot of players in our side, it was our first Premier League season [last season].
"We had a tough season, and we don't want to go through the same again. We certainly have a good resilience now. We're more solid as a team and more together."