Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has picked out two first team players for praise.
The American shot stopper has taken his hat off to the important combination of Leandro Bacuna and Alan Hutton in the Villa defence, who both played difficult roles in the defeat last weekend against Swansea City.
Hutton in particular was given a difficult job, as he filled in down the left hand side of defence, which is the opposite side that he’s experienced with.
“Those guys threw their bodies on the line for 90 minutes - For those guys to come in and do a job I take my hat off to them for sure,” said Guzan.
“The work is never done. You never get complacent or rest. You're always fighting.”
Villa are in a difficult position and under pressure, as they continue to scrap away to put a cushion between themselves and the bottom three in the Premier League.
What manager Tim Sherwood needs from his players throughout the rest of the season is that fight and a willingness to battle hard in difficult situations.
Sherwood will be delighted with the way that his key players have adapted to a difficult situation where they have been asked to give a little more outside of what they are used to.
Guzan is right to suggest that the work is never done and the real time for reflection and an inquest into what’s gone wrong for Villa this season, will come when the club are mathematically safe from the drop.