Sherwood has got Villa playing some decent football, with a win against Tottenham in their last game allowing them to create a cushion of six points above the bottom three.
“We need more heroic performances over the rest of the season. We know we can always be a threat when we press high. We know with our two strikers we can cause problems,” said Sherwood.
“It’s never easy and I’ve learnt that in this Premier League. Games are still alive right to the end.”
A high press works for Aston Villa because they have some very quick attacking players. They have the capability to harass the opposition defence and close down space quickly, which can force mistakes and turnovers of possession for them to take advantage of.
Pressing players allows Villa to maintain pressure over their opposition, creating wave after wave of attack, which should lead to more chances to score goals at important times in the battle against the drop.
The fitness of all of Aston Villa’s key players is important because it ensures that the team has the best possible chance of guarding against the danger, which can develop with tired legs late into games.
As each game means the end of the season draws closer, the pressure is going to be just a little more intense all the way through to the closing seconds of each match.
Sherwood needs to continue stressing the importance of pressing and fighting to the end of each game and Villa should be fine.