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The 28-year-old admits that the 10 years he spent in the Eredivisie was no real preparation for the thrust of England's top flight, and assured fans the squad are fighting together

Aston Villa midfielder Brett Holman has spoken of the "intensity" of the Premier League compared to the Eredivisie, but is relishing every game.

The Australian, who joined Villa in the summer from AZ Alkmaar, is beginning to find his feet in the English side's midfield and his swashbuckling performance in a 1-1 draw against West Midlands rivals West Brom yesterday made him a strong contender for man of the match.

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And, although he comes to England relatively late in his career, the much-capped international intends to make up for lost time.

Holman told reporters: “There is a big difference in the speed and intensity compared to Holland.

“Whoever made that step will tell you the same thing.

“I expected it to be tough in the Premier League and it is. This is the best league in the world.”

The 28-year-old came close to breaking his goalscoring duck for his new employers but was denied by two outstanding saves from Baggies keeper Ben Foster, including a stunning one-handed effort after a wicked deflection from Billy Jones.

He added: “I could have had two goals, but the keeper made two great saves.

“I know I can do better, so I intend to do the right things and fight to keep my place in the side.”

Holman insists that there is a unity at Villa that will help the underachieving giants climb the Premier League table.

He continued: “What we have at Villa is everyone working together. I can’t comment on what the atmosphere was like last season because I wasn’t here then, but the crowd have been fantastic in the home games.”

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