Remi Garde was happy with the pride his players showed in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Villa Park.


The win, courtesy of a howler from Wayne Hennessey, was the Frenchman's first since taking over from Tim Sherwood at the beginning of November. And Garde believed his players deserved a win.

"[It feels] nice, of course," he said. "But not only for me. 


"It's not me who is important, it's the team, the club, the players who deserve that win. Of course everybody will feel a bit better now.


"Today they showed that they had some pride but if you look at the game we played against West Ham on Boxing Day it was quite the same - and we probably deserved to win that game as well. 

FBL-ENG-PR-ASTON VILLA-CRYSTAL PALACE


"We still have a long way ahead of us but what we have done today is very important for the confidence."


Garde made numerous changes to the side that drew with Wycombe in the FA Cup, with Libor Kozak and Mark Bunn making their first league starts in two years and Micah Richards making way. And the Villa manager was glad to see his changes pay off.


He added: "I've got a squad, I've got different players that I see every day in the training sessions.


"Sometimes you make bad decisions as a manager and sometimes you make better decisions and today I was very pleased to see the way we played."

Up next for Villa is a tough tie against surprise package Leicester City - who are currently second. But Garde is looking on the brighter side of life.


"We have the opportunity [to build momentum] but we play Leicester next and it will be very difficult," he said.


" But the spirit we showed today was very important - the quality of the play as well. 


"I was very pleased that we took many risks but the balance of the team was respected by the players and they probably enjoyed what we did."

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - Premier League