Eric Black disagrees with Aston Villa fans calling for the youngsters to be played

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Eric Black has stuck by Aston Villa's more experienced players since taking charge.

Eric Black has told Aston Villa’s official site that fans of the Midlands club are not as informed as him when it comes to making decisions on team selection issues.

Villa supporters have been appealing for Black to give opportunities to the side’s youngsters.

However, the caretaker boss has generally stuck by his more experienced squad members, even though Villa’s relegation has been confirmed.

Black’s failure to test out some of Villa’s brightest prospect has frustrated, but the Scot insists that he has made the correct choice.

“People have their opinions,” he said. “People come and watch football and see analysts on TV and everything else but unfortunately they don't have the detail that we have, in terms of I watch them in training,

“I watch the reserve games, I speak to the coaches about their mentality. I look at the data in terms of how they perform, I bring them into training with the first team, so there are steps there.

“I certainly wasn't against playing anybody but the other factor was the atmosphere being difficult.

“I just had to make professional choices and that's what I did.”

Black’s failure to pick many youngsters has caused most Villa fans to be extremely frustrated with him, but some prospects have received opportunities.

Villa picked Kevin Toner to start in their latest match against Newcastle United, while Rushian Hepburn-Murphy also came off the bench. Andre Green has also been handed his debut in recent weeks.

Villa’s performance yesterday was arguably their best on Black’s time in charge so far, as they picked up a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United.

The Claret and Blues finally stopped a run of 11 straight defeats, and they moved on to 17 points for the season, ahead of a match against Arsenal on the final day.

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