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Charles N'Zogbia has experience of successful relegation fights with Wigan Athletic and he believes Aston Villa have what it takes to claw their way to Premier League safety this season.

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N'Zogbia, a £9 million signing from Wigan, helped ignite Villa's push for survival with a brilliant free-kick in the 2-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday as Paul Lambert's side clambered out of the bottom three in the table.

His late goal, which followed Christian Benteke's penalty, secured a first win at Villa Park in five attempts and N'Zogbia believes it demonstrated that Lambert's squad have the character to withstand the pressure of a relegation fight.

"I have been through this situation before and I just know we have to keep working together and keep believing in our football and in our players," he said. "Sometimes the fans will be against us, but all we have to do is stick with the manager and the players and hopefully, because we are all working in the same way, it will be good for the team and everyone at Villa.

"We have the mentality that we are going to win more games now and the secret is that you have to stick together as a team and never let people down. 'The manager is a good man who believes in all the players and all we want now is to keep working hard in training and also in all the games."

N'Zogbia, 26, has struggled to live up to expectations during his 18 months at the club but in the last few games he has started to show his best form.

N'Zogbia said: "I don't know if you are seeing the real me now but I am enjoying what I am doing. I just try to do my best to try to stay in the team and help to win matches. I had an injury for six weeks, which did not help me, but I trained hard to make sure I could come back strong and fit.

''The whole team now has a strong mentality and knowing we can score goals is good for us. We deserved to win the game against West Ham because our performances have been getting better lately and if we keep doing the same things then we can be okay.

"It is important not to look at the table, whether you are further down or higher up. You just have to focus on playing the next match and if you do that, and you win games, then at the end of the season your place in the Premier League will have taken care of itself."


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