Boss Remi Garde insists Aston Villa’s precious point against Manchester City should inspire his new side’s Premier League survival fight.
Rock-bottom Villa ended their run of seven straight defeats with a battling 0-0 draw at home to City on Sunday in Garde’s first game in charge.
The result closed the gap to safety to five points but Villa survived scares after Fernando hit the bar in injury time and Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne missed clear chances.
They are still winless since the opening day of the season but former Arsenal midfielder Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood last week, believes it should boost his new club.
He said: “We have to believe we can be safe. It will be a tough mission even if we have one more point.
“You have to be lucky but you have to work hard, luck is not coming knocking on your door and saying ‘look, I’m here’. You create that, the behaviour you need to get lucky. It would have been very disappointing for us not to get a point if they had scored.
“A clean sheet against such a good team, who have such good players all over the field, means we should be a little bit more confident next time.
“It was a good occasion to do it. It was City, and City were full of confidence, they had a brilliant game in Sevilla, so I think it’s a good point to work on.”