Tim Sherwood has brought a feel-good factor to Aston Villa

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Aston Villa defeated rivals West Brom for the second time in a week to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2010.

Aston Villa made it two wins in a week against Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion after a 2-0 victory sent them into the FA Cup semi-finals.

It is the first time the Villans have reached Wembley since their defeat to Chelsea in 2010 and a favourable draw is a distinct possibility.

Despite the victory being marred by a pitch invasion towards the end of the match, Tim Sherwood was determined not to let the events overshadow a fantastic week for Villa.

Sherwood told the club’s official website, "It's huge. I have spoken to the players. They want to dedicate it to the fans. They think the fans have had some hard times here. Everyone at the football club realises we will need the supporters. It's been a very good week for us but we know there's a lot of hard work to be done.”

The former Tottenham boss has lifted the spirits amongst everyone at Villa Park. Although he lost his first two matches to Stoke and Newcastle, Villa appear to have turned a corner.

Sherwood has made it his mission to boost the morale of fans and players alike.

In a bid to return misfiring strikers Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor to form he told the Mirror that “outside of the top six, they have to be the best strike partnership in Premier League history.”

Love him or hate him, Sherwood has returned a feel-good factor to Villa since taking over, with his sheer arrogance and exaggerated claims, and the players seem to be responding.

Villa are still in a dogfight, sitting precariously above the drop zone with just 15 league goals to their name but with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to and ‘the Sherwood factor’ kicking in, they are in much better shape than they were in Paul Lambert’s final few weeks in charge.

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