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N'Zogbia: Attack will get Villa out of trouble

Charles N'Zogbia believes that Aston Villa's commitment to attacking football is the best route for them to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

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N'Zogbia handled the pressure at the DW Stadium with Wigan two seasons ago with an exceptional campaign which paved the way for his £8 million move to Villa Park.

He rose to the challenge of keeping the club in the top flight with nine goals and five assists and wants to replicate that contribution now he is fully recovered from a knee injury for Paul Lambert's side.

N'Zogbia has managed just one goal so far this season, but since his return to the side has been deployed as a withdrawn striker behind Christian Benteke with a licence to attack and fire Villa out of the relegation zone.

Last week's 3-1 defeat at League Two Bradford in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final and Saturday's 1-0 loss at home to Southampton, which plunged Villa into bottom three, has increased the pressure on Lambert and his team, but N'Zogbia insists they will turn the corner.

"We have new players and a new manager," he added. "We have a strong atmosphere in the club. I'm confident that the way we play we're going to get wins soon enough," he said.

"It can happen when you play well but you draw or you lose. In a couple of games or a couple of weeks we are going to start winning.

"When I first met the manager it made me happy that he wanted to go forward and play attacking football. He wants to let everybody play and show what they can do and that is good for me.

"The players now have a mentality - in the training as well as the matches - of going forward, not just waiting for the ball to be there. Everybody knows what to do.

"As long as we are going forward with the ball I think it is better for us and for the fans to watch. For me, the best form of defence is to attack."

Lambert has tried out several different approaches with his team formation to try to find the solution to Villa's problems and provide a greater attacking threat for the side who are the Premier League's joint lowest scorers with 17 goals.

"We can do different things. When you are a professional you are used to fitting in with different formations. You have to adapt to a different way of playing," said N'Zogbia.

"If the manager tells you he wants you to play there, you play there - it's no problem. As players we are professionals and we work in training on how to fit in differently as required."

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