Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair reacts to Remi Garde's appointment

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The new Villa boss watched last night's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur from the stands.

Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair has insisted that he is relishing the prospect of a fresh start at the club following the appointment of new manager Remi Garde.

The 26-year-old was speaking to AVTV following Monday night’s 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur, which kept Villa bottom of the Premier League table with just four points from 11 games.

Garde was watching on from the stands at White Hart Lane after being confirmed as Tim Sherwood’s successor just hours earlier and he was left under no illusions about the task facing him when Moussa Dembele gave Tottenham the lead just two minutes into the match.

Dele Alli later doubled the hosts’ advantage just before the break, and while substitute Jordan Ayew’s 80th-minute finish gave Villa some hope of an unlikely comeback, a late Harry Kane strike condemned interim boss Kevin MacDonald’s side to a seventh straight top-flight defeat.

Garde will now have six days before his first game in charge against Manchester City on Sunday to make whatever changes he deems necessary, and after proving one of the team’s better performers against Spurs, Sinclair is hoping to have done enough to retain his place in the line-up.

“Personally, it’s about the team so if I can help that then that’s what I’ll do,” he told AVTV. “But I’m sure all the players will be thinking the same thing.

“When he [Garde] comes in, he’s going to get his points across and we’ll just take it from there. We’ve got to give it 100 per cent in training and make sure everyone raises their game because it’s a fresh start.”

Villa actually looked dangerous during the closes stages of Monday night’s defeat thanks to the introductions of goalscorer Ayew, Rudy Gestede and Carles Gil off the bench, and Sinclair even believes that they deserved to get a point from the game.

“I thought we were a little unlucky right at the last minute,” he added. “We even had Leandro [Bacuna] hitting the post and I think that would have changed things.

“I thought we were going to come away with a point, but at this moment in time we’ve just got to stick together, build on it and take the positives out of the game.

“We’ve had a lot of possession in recent games but now it’s about getting the goals. You saw Jordan come on and get one so that’s what we need to do.”

Sinclair himself scored a penalty in Wednesday night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup fourth-round defeat at Southampton, and having also netted five goals in just two games earlier in the season, he could help make Garde's start to life at Villa much easier by rediscovering that form going forward.

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