Scott Sinclair challenges his Aston Villa teammates

Scott Sinclair concedes that confidence in the Aston Villa squad is not where it needs to be, and has challenged his teammates to manage games better in their search for wins.

Scott Sinclair has admitted to Aston Villa’s official website that confidence within the squad is low following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City.

Sinclair headed in the 20th-minute minute opener at Villa Park in Tim Sherwood’s first game in charge, but the visitors came back to seal three points after Victor Moses converted from the spot three minutes into stoppage-time following a foul from dismissed skipper Ron Vlaar.

The result was Villa’s sixth-consecutive Premier League defeat, dropping them to 19th in the table with 12 fixtures remaining, having picked up just two wins in 22 top-flight matches.

The Manchester City loanee concedes that the team need to manage games better if they are to avoid the drop, but still believes there is enough talent in the squad to pick up the required points over the coming months.

"We've got the players to move forward,” he said. "All the boys came into the dressing room with their heads in their hands because we felt we could have got more out of the game.

"We need to keep creating chances and scoring them as well as managing the game and keeping possession.

"The confidence is not as high as it should be and we need to get those three points to build on - we need to get them sooner rather than later.”

Sinclair has now scored in consecutive games for Villa after coming on to net the deciding goal in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester, but the former England Under-21 international stresses that his loan spell can’t be deemed a success unless he can help keep the club in the top-tier.

"I've come here to score goals and create - but I want us to be winning games,” he added. "The goal against Stoke would have been a lot better had it stayed at 1-0.

“It's about getting the three points and that first win to kick on. That's what we need to do."

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