Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor reveals what he likes most about Tim Sherwood

The long-serving front man is a big fan of his new manager's fondness for getting involved during training.

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has told AVTV how Tim Sherwood’s approach to training is what he has liked most about the former Tottenham Hotspur manager since his arrival.

Sherwood has led Villa on a remarkable revival since replacing Paul Lambert at the helm in late-February, recording seven wins in 13 games to help the club to the brink of Premier League safety with two fixtures left and to the FA Cup final for the first time since 2000.

Their improvement has been especially noticeable in the scoring department, with 18 goals scored in Sherwood’s 11 top-flight games in charge, compared to just 12 in the previous 25 league matches this season under Lambert with the same personnel.

Now four points above the drop zone ahead of the weekend’s trip to Southampton, Agbonlahor believes the new boss’ work on the training ground has been vital to their recent upturn in form and adds that the spirit in the dressing room is as high as it has been in a long time.

“I like him because he gets involved in training and tells you what he wants,” he said of Sherwood. “He gets everyone running around and working hard, and that’s coming off in our performances.

“There’ve been some really good times and really bad times of late but I think, with the new manager coming in, spirits are much higher in the squad.

“We’ve got some good young players coming in and everyone’s in a good mood but we just want to get safe now. Everyone’s obviously buzzing for Wembley but we can’t concentrate on that until we’re safe.”

Last weekend’s 1-0 home over West Ham United also saw Agbonlahor return to action for the first time in three weeks after recovering from a hamstring strain, coming on for the final 20 minutes to help preserve the three points.

With the team performing well, the long-serving striker know he will have a hard time reclaiming his spot in the line-up, despite impressing before going down injured, but he is just pleased for now to be back fit and contributing in some form.

“It felt good,” he said on his comeback. “I was out for three weeks but it felt like forever. It’s always good to come back into a team that’s playing well and we’re flying at the moment.

“It’s nice to come back and help us get another important win.”

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