After victory over Reading, the on-loan West Brom defender told Villa's website: "When I came here, I had a slight hamstring injury which set me back a couple of weeks.
"During that time the lads did well so I couldn't complain at not being in the side.
"But now I've got in and done okay, I'm hoping to stay there.
"With someone like Zat (Knight) pushing to get back, you are never in a comfort zone so I know I have to do well in every game to keep my place.
"Hopefully I can establish myself for the rest of the season."