Spurs boss Ramos refuses to panic as O'Neill urges Villa to seize the initiative

Juande Ramos

Rock bottom: Villa defeat left Juande Ramos' side at the foot of the Premier League

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill insists there is more to come from his side after victory at Tottenham last night took them into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.  

Nigel Reo-Coker and Ashley Young scored in each half at White Hart Lane and despite Darren Bent's late consolation, Spurs were consigned to defeat and remain at the foot of the table

O'Neill feels there is still room for improvement from Villa, who saw striker John Carew limp off with an apparent ankle injury ahead of the UEFA Cup clash against Litex Lovech on Thursday.  

'I'm not so much worried about being fourth, it's about getting the points on the board and getting confidence," said O'Neill.  

'If we can't get confidence from that performance then we never will.

'We're capable of doing that - brilliant moves and fantastic performances - but you can't make assessments.  

'We've got loads of things to do to make us a proper side, a big side.

'We need to tighten up defensively, last season we scored goals for fun but we conceded too many.

Martin O'Neil

Cheers: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill and Nigel Reo-Coker celebrate victory at the Lane

'Liverpool was the first clean sheet in a long time, that was pleasing and we've come to Spurs to attack.  

'We did that, we played some great football.'

Gabriel Agbonlahor also went off with a thigh problem but the injury is not thought to be serious.  

Defeat meant Spurs' worst start to a Premier League season but head coach Juande Ramos insists it is too early to write off hopes of a top-four finish.  

'We've only played four games, it's only just begun,' said the Spaniard.  

'There is still room for us there. We had very little time to prepare - (Vedran) Corluka, (Roman) Pavlyuchenko and (Fraizer) Campbell are new to the club and haven't really had time.  

'We are behind in our preparations. We need to keep the spirit going and climb as high up the table as possible.  

'We've made an irregular start to the season having lost three games which makes it an uphill struggle for us.'

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