Last season was disappointing for Aston Villa as they failed to launch a serious promotion challenge in the Championship.
In the current campaign, things are looking slightly brighter for the Midlands outfit.
As it stands, Steve Bruce’s side sit fourth in the table, five points adrift of the top two after 19 games.
At the weekend, the Midlands outfit claimed a 2-0 triumph over Ipswich Town on home soil, which took their tally to three consecutive victories.
The team have found the back of the net 17 times in the league, and have kept eight clean sheets.
Despite John Terry being on the sidelines with an injury, which is expected to keep him out until the New Year, Villa have had some positive performances at the back.
The club’s Twitter page highlighted the team’s recent improvements by revealing that they have the second-best defence in the division.
? We've banged in some goals lately but we've also been solid defensively, currently boasting the joint second best defence in the Champ… pic.twitter.com/PH7m7UTJgP
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 27, 2017
The fans were quick to praise the players for their efforts.
— Sam McAllister (@SupersizedSam) November 27, 2017
— pavel neved (@swaglord969) November 27, 2017
— Andy Helliwell (@andy_general) November 27, 2017
More of that please
— Oni Sufi (@FDSufi) November 28, 2017
Solid!!!! @AVFCOfficial great defence.
— Joe (@jjoeo9) November 27, 2017
— Sue Jeffries (@SusieJ7567) November 27, 2017
All good team's start with a solid defence.
— Darren Woolley (@DarrenWoolley5) November 27, 2017
— AVFC (@VillaMad1874) November 27, 2017