Villa strikers earn Sherwood praise

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March 15, 2015 11:33:47 UK

Aston Villa head coach Tim Sherwood heaped praise on strikers Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor after they inspired a 4-0 victory at Sunderland.

Benteke and Agbonlahor both found the net twice at the Stadium of Light, as Villa won their third game in a row to move three points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

And Sherwood was pleased to see his frontmen get among the goals, with the Villans having netted only 19 times in 29 league outings so far this season.

He told reporters: “I didn’t take much notice prior to coming here, but we’ve not had any trouble scoring goals since I’ve been here.

“I’m pleased we’re talking about them in that light. They’ve took some unfair criticism – if we create chances for them they’ll score.”

Villa are now 6.50 to be relegated, with Sunderland 2.50 and Hull City 4.33, and Sherwood believes that his players are starting to turn things around as they battle to beat the drop.

He added: “It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s a lot of work to be done.

“The boys have taken on board what I am asking them to do. They are getting the ball back quickly when we are out of possession and we have so much pace on the counter-attack.

“Losing becomes a habit and winning does also.”

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