Andy Gray: This is now the first thought of every Aston Villa player

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Former Aston Villa forward Andy Gray has praised the attacking way his old club are looking to play.

Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray told talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel his side have anything to feel down about after their latest defeat.

Villa played well last weekend against Manchester City, but fell to a 3-2 defeat against the champions, which leaves them under pressure as they fight to stay in the Premier League.

Gray claims that there has been a complete transformation at the club in a six week period, coinciding with Tim Sherwood’s arrival as manager.

“Disappointed? Not at all. If you’re a Villa fan, that was a performance that six weeks ago, you could only have dreamt of,” said Gray.

“They’re full of pace, they’ve got people who can tighten areas, they have players who can beat people and open up defences – The first thought in Villa’s players now is get the football and move forward.”

Villa are fighting and showing heart with every performance at the moment, as Sherwood has got the side playing a more forward thinking and entertaining brand of football.

He had to do something differently when he came in and decided to rightly focus on the side’s strengths in order to try and help them turn things around.

He’s been very open and honest about the problems Villa have had at the back, but the thing which will keep Villa in the top flight is goals and scoring them freely and openly.

The club have to try and get over the finishing line still in the Premier League and then Sherwood can focus on improving the key areas of the squad.

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