On-loan Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair says the appointment of Tim Sherwood as the club’s new manager has given everyone a lift at Villa Park.
Sinclair played a big part as the Midlanders made it through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday as his goal helped seal a 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Villa had been poor in the first 45 minutes but, after Sherwood had watched on from the stands, he delivered a team-talk to his new players at half-time to provide a timely boost.
Sinclair has welcomed the former Tottenham manager’s arrival and hopes he can provide the inspiration needed in the rest of the season as Villa face a relegation battle in the Premier League.
“There was a lift, but I have only been here two weeks so I’m trying to take in as much as I can,” he said. “There is a lift from the fans and all we can do is concentrate game by game and take it into the next one.
“I’m looking forward as much as anyone else in the team to working with him (Sherwood). Hopefully he brings something different and it rubs off on the boys and we win games.”
Villa will be watching on closely to see who they draw in the last eight of the Cup, although they must quickly turn their focus back on their bid to stay up as they host Stoke City on Saturday (Villa 2.65, Stoke 2.78, draw 3.00.)
Sherwood will have to act quickly as his new side are currently third-bottom in the table and have vital matches to come against Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland following the Potters’ visit.