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The 23-year-old insists that now is not the time for Paul Lambert's men to feel sorry for themselves and is aiming to finish the season strongly in order to beat the drop

Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton insists that there is no time to dwell on the club's struggles so far this season and has urged his team-mates to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone by finishing the campaign strongly.

Paul Lambert's men currently sit in 17th place in the Premier League table but trail Wigan only by goal difference with 11 games left of 2012-13.

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"We can'’t have any regrets," Lowton told the Express and Star. "There is no point in looking back now.

"There are 11 massive games from now to the end of the season and we've got to make sure we get out of the blocks and get ahead and we have to be strong enough to go on and get the wins."

The 23-year-old, who has been a regular member of a young Villans squad since joining from League One side Sheffield United last summer, argues that the team are a work in progress.

"We're improving all the time," he continued. "I think I've improved no end since the first game of the season and I think that's the same for everyone. We have the confidence that we're going to score goals.

"We've been together two thirds of a season now and we've looked better the last few games. We know we're the only team that can get us out of it – we can't rely on other teams to lose points.

"We've got to pick up points and we have a lot of chances still to make sure we do that. We have pace and power in our team and, if we get it together, we can put together the results we need."

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