Tim Sherwood pleased with Grealish fitness levels, not so positive about teammate Sanchez

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood was positive about Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish's fitness, but not so much about Carlos Sanchez.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood rotated his squad against Notts County, and also saw his side slip to a defeat.

A late goal from Scott Sinclair took the game to extra time, and saw the Premier League club go onto win 5-3.

Sherwood told Aston Villa's website afterwards that the entertaining game played out the way it did due to his open and attacking team selection, with players working their way up to full fitness.

Jack Grealish was one of those put to the test, having made his comeback from injury for the under-21s a week ago, and back in the side in the Premier League at the weekend.

Sherwood was positive about his adjustment, but did not believe Carlos Sanchez coped so well with playing 120 minutes.

He told the club's official website: "The reason Jack and Carlos played in that game is because we wanted to get them a rhythm.

"Saturday is the first game they played. I wanted them to continue. I probably have wanted them to play that amount of time.

"Jack looked as fresh as a daisy at the end. I can't say that for Carlos."

Sherwood's comments suggest he would have no problem putting Grealish into the starting line-up at home to Sunderland this coming weekend.

Sanchez may find it a tougher challenge to convince Sherwood, and will have to show he is 'fresh' in training over the coming days and that there are no ill effects of fatigue from his efforts in the cup.

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