Sherwood: Aston Villa must be braver

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told his side that they must be ‘braver’ as he leads them in their battle for Premier League survival, the Birmingham Mail has reported.

The West Midlands club travel to Newcastle United looking to avoid a demoralising seventh consecutive Premier League defeat in what will be Sherwood’s second match in charge, having conceded to a late penalty which saw them lose 2-1 at home to Stoke City last time out.

It is a run that has seen them slip to 19th in the Premier League table, although they could escape the bottom three on Saturday should they better Burnley’s result against Swansea City.

The team have scored just 13 Premier League goals all season, with strikers Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann struggling for form and the midfield lacking in creativity. Sherwood has promised a more adventurous approach to predecessor Paul Lambert, but believes Villa must be more courageous as they look to escape their perilous position.

“They’re in this position for a reason,” he said. “We have to find that reason and try and get it out. It’s not lack of quality. The quality is in the group, there is something in there which we need to dispel. I don’t think there’s any shame getting it out in the open because they’re going to have to dig deep.

“Somehow I think they have to find it within themselves. They have to really have bravery, go and get in the correct areas even if they’re giving it away and there’s anxiety around the place – let’s not worry about that. Let’s have a go. If we’re going to fail, we fail trying and really expressing ourselves.”

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