Remi Garde hopes Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester City will give his Aston Villa players the belief they need for a Premier League survival fight.
Rock-bottom Villa ended their run of seven straight defeats in Garde’s first game in charge to close the gap to safety to five points.
They are still winless since the opening day of the season, but Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood last week, believes the result should boost confidence at his new club.
He said: “We have to believe we can be safe. It will be a tough mission even if we have one more point.
“You have to be lucky, but you have to work hard; luck is not coming knocking on your door and saying ‘look, I’m here’. You create that, the behaviour you need to get lucky. It would have been very disappointing for us not to get a point if they had scored.
“A clean sheet against such a good team, who have such good players all over the field, means we should be a little bit more confident next time.
“It was a good occasion to do it. It was City, and City were full of confidence, they had a brilliant game in Sevilla, so I think it’s a good point to work on.”
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