Tim Sherwood admits half of his defence have trained just four times in two months

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has made a revelation over his side's defence following the 3-3 draw against QPR last night.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been quoted by ESPN explaining why he thinks his side’s defence tired in the second half of the game against QPR.

Villa and QPR shared a 3-3 draw, with two of QPR’s goals coming in the second half and allowing them to establish a 3-2 lead at one point during the game.

Sherwood admitted after the game that he felt his team looked tired and has revealed that two players in his defence have barely trained over the last two months.

“I thought we tired in the second half but that's to be expected and two of those back four have trained about four times in eight weeks,” said the boss.

“We dropped off a little bit too deep and couldn't keep that pressure on them.”

Villa’s problems in terms of defensive numbers and the players they have available has been well documented over recent weeks.

Hopefully the players who have undertrained will be better off for the game time last night. It’s important they recover well and go into the next game against Tottenham a little sharper and ready to have an impact.

The result moved Villa up a place in the table and allowed them to maintain their three point gap over the bottom three.

However, they will be overtaken by Hull City if the Tigers now win their game in hand, which will put all of the pressure back onto Tim Sherwood’s side.

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