Given reveals what Sherwood told Villa squad at half-time against Leicester

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has explained what Tim Sherwood said to his squad at half-time during the FA Cup game against Leicester.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times describing what Tim Sherwood told the squad at half-time during the FA Cup clash against Leicester City.

Sherwood spoke to the squad halfway through the game, as he prepares to take control as permanent manager on a full-time basis.

“He was very positive, he's always a positive guy. He told us to go express yourself, keep shooting and use Christian's strength,” said Given.

Sherwood’s positive attitude and willingness to get stuck into the Villa squad in a positive was is encouraging.

It could have been easy for him to criticise the side for their first half performance yesterday because it wasn’t pretty.

However, that could have made an already low level of morale even worse.

Instead he focused on the positives and made a common sense point that Christian Benteke could improve the attacking fortunes of the team.

Benteke flicks the ball on, he holds things up well and is a real problem for any defence.

He can be the central point in a transformed Villa attack over the next few weeks and the goals the side scored yesterday will give the team confidence.

It’s now important the side translate the effect of the win against Leicester across into the Premier League.

Villa need to string some wins together, get some momentum and pull clear of the bottom three in the league and Sherwood’s positive nature and Benteke’s strength are two ways which will help the side to do that.

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