He is confident the fans will now back the boys big-time.
He told Villa's website: "I thought the fans were brilliant at Reading.
"From what I've seen and felt in my time here they've been right behind us. You can sense it. I think they can sense the team growing, which is great.
"It's a big massive thank-you to the fans for the way that they've reacted. It's nice to send them home happy because they've travelled everywhere.
"It's not just a couple of hundred either. They travel in their thousands to watch and support us. That's the beauty of it.
"Our crowd are brilliant. You heard it. Our crowd are absolutely fantastic. They're right behind us."