After losing three in a row before the international break, Leonid Slutsky’s side have returned to claim draws against Ipswich Town and Millwall, with the clean sheet kept at The New Den on Tuesday night particularly pleasing for defender Aina.
“I think there are certainly more positives than negatives from the last two games,” said Aina.
“We have taken points from both games, we kept a clean sheet against Millwall and overall the team has put a shift in.
“Keeping the clean sheet on Tuesday night was pleasing. It’s something that we aim to do in every game but it hasn’t been happening for us, so it was good to keep one against Millwall.
“There were chances at both ends in that game and we had some good opportunities to score but we couldn’t quite take them. Keeping the clean sheet then became important because if you can’t score, you know you can’t afford to concede.
“Millwall is always a tough place to go so a point wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t a bad team performance and now we’re just looking forward to Bristol City on Saturday.”
Saturday could well see Aina continue on the left side of the Tigers’ defence after switching from his more familiar right back role for the last couple of games, but it’s a change that the Nigerian international is taking in his stride.
“It’s the same really and I don’t see too much of a difference,” added Aina.
“I feel comfortable on the left, as I do on the right, and I still look to take the opportunity to get forward when I can. It felt like I had a lot of space in that sense on Tuesday night and I enjoyed that.”