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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
ESPNsoccernet: March 14, 11:31 PM UK
Vlaar rallies Villa fans

David Instone

Ron Vlaar wants the volume turned up to maximum when Aston Villa attempt to claim another crucial three points at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Vlaar was impressed with the backing of travelling fans when he returned from injury for Saturday's 2-1 win at Reading. And he thinks a partisan atmosphere against QPR next time out will make the job of ending Rangers' own recent revival a little easier.

"The fans were awesome at Reading, even after the goal we conceded," Vlaar said. "They kept on yelling, screaming and shouting in a positive way. It was very good. We knew these two games were immense for us. That was a good start and we look forward to QPR now."

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Manager Paul Lambert has repeatedly praised Villa's supporters during this trying campaign, highlighting in particular what he called a unique standing ovation at the end of the home defeat against Newcastle in late January.

He recognises the value of confidence levels being kept high among his young players and Vlaar believes the club's fortunes and performances over several weeks are a cause for optimism.

"Besides the previous two games, against two very good teams in Manchester City and Arsenal, we have had good results," Vlaar added. "This is what we have to do. We want to make everybody happy, with 34,000-35,000 people here at home. It would be great to get the win on Saturday. You want to make everybody happy."

Villa, who also still have winnable games at home to come against the likes of Fulham and Sunderland, are coming to terms with the loss of midfielder Chris Herd for the rest of the season because of a foot injury. But the fact the Australian hasn't figured since New Year's Day leaves Lambert hopeful his team can cope without him.




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