Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has accused his players of not having the ‘character’ required to grind out results in important games, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
The former Tottenham Head Coach has overseen two wins and four defeats in his six Premier League matches so far in charge at Villa Park, where he has increased optimism among supporters having taken over from Paul Lambert with the club inside the relegation zone.
However, defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday evening would see them overtaken by the West London side and fall back into the bottom three, and Sherwood believes that QPR have a squad that is more ideally suited to this type of fixture.
“We’ve got different types of players,” he said. “You look through QPR’s side and they’ve got a lot of players who are men with a lot of experience. We’ve got a few men in there but we’ve got a lot of pretty much ‘icing-on-the-cake’ players. I’m trying to get that mentality into them to start digging out results. It’s not what we’re cut out to do.”
The 46-year-old also believes that his players should not be shielded from the pressure of being in a battle to stay in the top-flight. He added: “That is why it is not always the right idea to shield players from the pressure. They have to realise that this is huge for us and I put it on them because when I’ve put it on them before they’ve always responded well.’
Despite Sherwood’s comments, Villa have stayed up in the previous two seasons by winning crucial games such as this one, including their last meeting of the clubs in the West Midlands, as Villa came out on top 3-2 back in March 2013.
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