Sherwood: Aston Villa squad 'not equipped' to grind out results

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says he doesn't have the players at his disposal to play defensively.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told Sky Sports that he simply doesn't have the players to play a defensive brand of football.

Villa were locked in a fierce battle on Tuesday night, as they took on fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park - and the game ended 3-3 after a topsy-turvy encounter.

QPR took the lead through Matt Phillips, but were quickly pegged back through a Christian Benteke goal. Benteke then put VIlla in front, only for Clint Hill and Charlie Austin to hand Chris Ramsey's side a 3-2 lead - before Benteke grabbed his hat-trick with a superb free-kick.

The result doesn't really help Villa too much, but they now sit three points clear of the drop zone after an entertaining battle at Villa Park.

Villa have gone from a turgid, goal-shy team under Paul Lambert to an open, expansive side under Tim Sherwood - but there may be a reason for that.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Sherwood admitted that he has to set his team up to play openly because he just doesn't have the players to grind out results.

"I think that's the way we're set up," said Sherwood. "The personnel we've got at the club, we're not equipped - unfortunately - to go anywhere and dig out a result. We have to play open, we've got good footballers who like to play on the front foot, and I think they entertained the crowd in the first half."

With two wingers playing at full back, Villa were left exposed on a number of occasions, but the experience of centre back Ron Vlaar should come in handy during the end of season run-in - until his contract expire this summer.

Sherwood's comments also suggest that he is in the market for defensive reinforcements during the summer transfer window, in a bid to add players who can help him close out games when Villa need to grind out results.

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