STUART Armstrong is looking for Saints to respond to Saturday’s defeat to Burnley by putting things right against Aston Villa this weekend.

The two sides met just before Christmas with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side running out 3-1 winners.

This kick-started their excellent run over the festive period which saw them also beat Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester.

And Armstrong wants Saints to remember what made them so effective at Villa Park when they visit St Mary’s on Saturday.

He said: “We had a very good performance there previously and that’s something we are going to look to build on.

“We know we can move the ball a lot better and produce a better performance.

“We are aiming to do that next weekend.”

Saints’ recent run of results has seen them lose three of their last four Premier League games.

These defeats were inflicted by Wolves, Liverpool and Burnley.

Despite this, Armstrong says there is plenty of belief within the dressing room and made it clear that they view every match as a chance to climb the table.

“We still look at every game as winnable,” added the Scottish international.

“We have shown that with good wins at home and away.

“It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we are always looking to get maximum points.”

Burnley’s opener on Saturday took everyone by surprise, especially striker Danny Ings.

Ashley Westwood’s second-minute corner had Ings thinking it was going straight out for a goal kick, prompting him to move out of the way.

However, this allowed the ball to sneak in at the near post, with Alex McCarthy already stood behind the line when he tried to get a hand to it.

Explaining what he thought happened, Armstrong said: “I think he’s obviously judged the ball and the wind has taken it and deceived him a little bit which happened throughout the game.

“You’d move and then the ball would end up somewhere else.

“It’s just little things but apart from that, as a team, we know we can do better and we are disappointed we didn’t.

“It’s a good finish for their second one.

“It’s difficult because in the last 20 minutes we are pushing and getting the ball into the box, but we just couldn’t seem to get that break or bounce.

“We were a little bit unlucky in the end that it didn’t work out for us.”