We travel to Villa Park for the second time this season – having secured a resounding 4-0 win over Paul Lambert’s side in the Capital One Cup last month – looking to bounce back following a surprise 3-0 reverse against West Ham United last time out.
Sunday afternoon sees us visit a club Kyle knows well, after he spent half a season on loan with Villa in 2011.
But after last month’s Capital One Cup result, coupled with a 4-0 victory we enjoyed at Villa Park in the Premier League last season, our right-back knows we won’t be the only ones looking for a reaction heading into the game.
“I think Villa will be up for it, because each time we’ve gone up there recently we’ve played them off the park,” said the 23-year-old, who is eyeing another solid run of victories as we seek to ensure we remain competitive at the top end of the table.
“Obviously they’ve got quality with Gabby (Agbonlahor) coming back and everything, so I think it will be a good game and we just need to stay focussed and keep doing what we’ve been doing.
“We just have to stick to the things that we’ve been doing well. The West Ham game was a bit of a disappointment with the result and also being a local derby, but we need to bounce back and show the fans that we’ve got it in us to be up there right at the end of the season.”
Kyle reckons the international break has allowed us to regroup following the West Ham result, and he is confident we can make a quick return to form.
“I don’t think it really is recovery time (over the international break) because we’ve got that many internationals playing in the team,” he added.
“But it gives us a bit of time to get away from the club and have a think about what went wrong, and what we didn’t do so well against West Ham, so probably it did come at the right time for us and hopefully we can get the win on Sunday and bounce back to winning ways.”