Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has targeted a run of theoretically winnable festive fixtures for the bottom-placed club.
Villa now face Newcastle, West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland and Garde knows they must pick up points to claw back the eight points separating them from survival.
“I knew the size of the challenge before coming. Now we have games that we have to win against direct opponents. They are must-win games,” the Frenchman told the club’s official website.
“The next few matches will be very, very important – crucial for us. We need a win to spark confidence. You saw times in the game against Arsenal where we had a lack of confidence. It was obvious. Sometimes we are too fragile.
“But we have to work on that. Only work can help us in this situation. The spirit of the team is good. They do their best. A spark would be very good for us – that would come with a victory.
“For me now, it’s now about giving more confidence to the players and the group, individually and collectively.”