Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton eager to force his way into Tim Sherwood's plans

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The full-back believes the arrival of a new boss has given him the chance to reignite his claret and blue career.

Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton has told the club’s official website that he is determined to hold onto a spot in the line-up moving forward.

Lowton, 25, arrived from Sheffield United in the summer of 2012 as one of Paul Lambert’s first signings, before going on to start all but one Premier League game during his debut season.

The right-back was in and out of the starting XI in his second campaign at Villa Park, though, before falling out of the first-team picture this term with the return of former “Bomb Squad” member Alan Hutton to the fold, making just five starts prior to the weekend.

With both Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson ruled out for trip to Newcastle United last Saturday, however, Lowton earned his first start under new manager Tim Sherwood on the left-hand side of defence, and believes he left a positive impression, despite the 1-0 defeat.

He looks set to retain his place for tonight’s visit of West Bromwich Albion with the pair still out, and sees it as the ideal chance to further force his way into Sherwood’s plans for the future.

"I want to hang on to that shirt,” he said. "Alan has come in at right-back and has done fantastically well.

"I've had to bide my time, stay fit and work hard in training. The new manager has come in and made it clear that everyone has a fresh start.

"I got my chance on Saturday and thought I did well so hopefully I can stay in there as long as I can.

"Going into the midweek league game we know it's huge. We're at home and it's up to us to take the game to West Brom and I'm sure we will.”

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