"I'm very pleased with the result and the performance," the villa boss said after the match.
"We knew it would not be easy coming here and so it proved.
"They were miles better than us in the first half, but after half-time we came into it more and looked more dangerous.
"It took us a while to get going today but that was understandable. We put a lot into the game but we know we can still improve.
"Of course I'll be looking to bring in new faces when the transfer window opens but I'm not alone in that.
"Most managers will be looking to strengthen if they can."