After the disappointment of defeat against West Ham last time out, the players landed the victory they were all determined to deliver at Villa Park.
Andre made four changes including a Premier League debut for Vlad Chiriches and first league start for Sandro since his serious knee injury back in January.
The players responded with a dominant display to equal our best start to a Premier League season - 16 points from eight games matches our starts in 2009-10 and 2011-12.
It was a tough test as Villa closed us down quickly and stopped us getting into any rhythm, aligned with the physical threat of Kovak, but once Andros Townsend’s whipped cross found the back of the net - his first Premier League goal for us - in the 31st minute, we took control.
Roberto Soldado completed the victory with the finish to match a fine move involving Lewis Holtby and Paulinho.
“It was difficult in the beginning because they kept putting long balls in behind us and we couldn’t get control of the ball,” reflected Andre.
“The goal obviously gave us the confidence to play and the way the team came out and played in the second half was great, keeping the ball with lots of mobility, a really attacking, flowing game.
“It was important to bounce back. It was always going to be difficult, especially after Villa won here against City. They had the motivation, our confidence was a bit low but there was a great determination from the players to bounce back. It was a really solid performance.”
There was more good news as Aaron Lennon returned from injury as a second half substitute, his first action since opening day at Palace on August 18.
“We decided to give opportunities to players who had done well in the Europa League and they took that opportunity,” added Andre.
“There were great individual performances from Sandro, Vlad, Lewis Holtby and I’m really happy with how the team performed in general.”