Sherwood has praised the nature of individuals who are going through the pain barrier for the cause of the side and he’s keen for the club to secure their Premier League safety so he can make some changes and give some players a rest.
“It would be ideal (to be mathematically safe after this weekend) because we then get a two-week preparation for the cup final,” he said.
“We’ve got players who are going through a real pain barrier out there. There are some who are not fit but willing to put their body on the line for the cause.”
“In an ideal world we want them to be fit enough to play but they are putting it in for us which is pleasing.”
The fact that some players are carrying injuries and the team are playing so well is a tribute to the change in mentality and the belief that Sherwood has created at the club.
He doesn’t have any players hiding or shutting themselves away, because everything is on the line and it’s vital for the club’s future that they stay in the top flight.
If the side can secure their safety against the Saints this weekend, some players will get chances in the last game against Burnley and hopefully those players can give the boss a problem in terms of selection ahead of the cup final against Arsenal.
Villa have a maximum of three games left this season, before a well needed and well deserved summer break, but until then it’s a simple case of all guns blazing.