Football: Aston Villa winger Brett Holman hopes that his side can draw confidence from recent displays against Manchester United and Arsenal as they prepare to host Reading tomorrow night.
The Villans led 2-0 against United before losing by the odd goal and were somewhat unfortunate in Saturday’s goalless draw with Arsenal, as Holman rattled the woodwork.
And the Australian international believes the results could act as a stepping stone.
He said: “I think we can look back at the games against United and Arsenal and say we are doing well. We need to sort our away form out, but it’s looking better.”
Holman is also confident Villa have the capabilities to come out on top against the Royals, particularly if they are as solid defensively as against the Gunners.
“It’s a big game, whichever way you put it, and it’s up to us to do things similarly (as we did) to Arsenal, certainly defensively," he added.
“I think we have enough quality and talent to easily nick a goal.”
Villa manager Paul Lambert, who returns to the dugout tonight after a one-match ban, added: “Reading is a massive game but I think every game is. I never view any game differently. I think the Premier League is unforgiving.”
Skipper Ron Vlaar (calf) is a doubt to face the Royals, while Jimmy Kebe (groin) misses out for the visitors.
Meanwhile Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is waiting on news of key duo John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole for tonight’s clash with QPR.
Harry Redknapp will make his managerial bow with the Rs against O’Neill’s side and should be able to call on captain Park Ji-sung after he recovered from a knee problem.