Gus Poyet insists it's vital we impose our game on Villa in Monday night's clash at the Lane.
Players and management alike are determined to return to action with a win on home soil following what will be a 15-day break since our creditable draw last time out at Chelsea.
The majority of the squad has been away on international duty since then before everyone finally returned to training on Friday - including newcomers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka.
First Team coach Gus is determined to make sure we don't come unstuck against a Villa side renowned for their pace on the counter-attack and strength at set-pieces - one element that hit us hard last season in both the memorable 4-4 draw in the 125 game at the Lane and a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park.
"Villa are a very good team, well organised, they know how they want to play and that means it's so important we impose our game on them," said Gus.
"We know how dangerous they are at set-pieces as well as we found out last season, so we need to be strong.
"That's the key - it's about the right mentality.
"We'll have a few players set to play at White Hart Lane for the first time, so that will be great. It's a chance to pick up points and hopefully to start climbing up the league."