Tim Sherwood gave surprise half-time pep talk to Aston Villa

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With their FA Cup match against Leicester City tied 0-0 at half-time, Tim Sherwood left the stands and headed for the Villa dressing room.

There, the soon-to-be-in-charge man gave his outlook on the match and offered some positive words for the players before the start of the second half.

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Then, the goal-deprived Villans scored twice to win 2-1 and advance into the next round of the FA Cup.

Sherwood was named the manager of Aston Villa yesterday morning following the sacking of Paul Lambert, but will not manage his first game until next Saturday against Stoke City.

For Villa’s FA Cup match against Leicester City, Sherwood watched from the stands with the club’s chief executive Tom Fox, while caretaker manager Scott Marshall handled duties on the touchline. Sherwood was not involved in player selection for the match.

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Marshall talked on Sherwood’s half-time visit, saying “He came in and made a couple of points to the lads, a couple of bits and pieces for everyone. I thought the boys delivered that in the second half and were very good.”

After the match, Sherwood spoke to Sky Sports News HQ, and said he is ready for the task of keeping Aston Villa safe from relegation.

I was very encouraged, and they did very well. It becomes a habit, winning. They did well today, a lot of desire, a lot of energy and I’m very impressed.

We’ll be fine, no problem. [My aim is] winning as many games as we can to stay in that division, that’s it.”

Villa currently sit in the drop zone in 18th place, with only five wins through 25 league matches. If Sherwood has any hopes of keeping the Villans up, he must improve the tactics that have only seen 12 goals scored on the season, ten less than any other side.