"In the past my view is that we didn't believe we could win a lot of games. We're totally different now and hopefully that will continue. Belief is very important in football."
Bouma, who was a mainstay of Martin O'Neill's Villa side last season, added: "I'm pleased that I started every game because I had some problems in the past with injuries. I've shown that if I can stay fit I will play a lot of games."