ZIMBABWE international Marvelous Nakamba is confident Aston Villa will preserve their English Premier League status despite remaining in the relegation zone following a 4-0 defeat to Leicester City on Monday night.
Leicester got their goals from doubles scorers Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy during a night to forget for Villa at the King Power stadium.
Nakamba and his teammates now find themselves just one place off the bottom of the log in 19th place and two points from safety with 10 games to go.
The Villains still have to face Chelsea (h), Newcastle (a), Wolves (h), Liverpool (a) and Manchester United in those remaining 10 matches.
Dean Smith teams will conclude their season with matches against Crystal palace (h), Everton (a), Arsenal (h), West Ham (a) and Sheffield United (h).
“I think we still have some games to play, some points to play for. I believe inside the dressing room, I believe in the players.
“We just have to up our game, we just have to support each other and give 100 percent – everyone,” Nakamba told the Villa website after the defeat to Leicester.
The Zimbabwe international felt sorry for the Villa fans, who travelled to the King Power and witnessed the team’s annihilation at the hands of the Foxes.
“It was a difficult night for us. We’re really disappointed, even more so for the fans, they are really disappointed also.
“We feel what they’re going through, we feel the pain. We can’t change what’s happened in the past now. As a group, we just need to give once more 100 percent,” Nakamba said.
Meanwhile, Smith felt the turning point was when his side gifted Leicester the opener scored by Barnes five minutes before the break.
“We wanted a performance and a reaction from the cup final, feeling that we had a chance here tonight.
“They’ve scored four goals against us in both league games, but we feel as though we’ve been in both games.
“We started the game well and I thought our defensive shape was good and we were well organised. We made a big error and that let Harvey Barnes in,” Smith said.