Kevin MacDonald: Aston Villa need to start again

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald

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Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has insisted that his players need to totally change their approach ahead of their clash Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Monday night.

Villa have lost six games in a row and sit bottom of the Premier League after picking up just four points from their opening ten games.

The Villans board sacked manager Tim Sherwood last weekend following the defeat to Swansea with former Lyon boss Remi Garde currently the favourite to take charge on a permanent basis.

While some expect Garde to change things around, MacDonald insists the players cannot afford to wait and must kick on at White Hart Lane.

“What we have to do, basically, is get more points than we have so far,” MacDonald told Sky Sports.

“It’s not a case of changing it. It’s a case of changing it to say ‘we start again’. This is our first game of the season. We have 28 games in the season now.

“We need to get possibly 36 to 40 points. It’s a big ask looking at the stats we have at the moment but we don’t feel it’s impossible to do. It has to start on Monday.”

Spurs tasted defeat last season in the same fixture, losing 1-0 to a first-half Christian Benteke goal but the Belgian has since left the club and Mauricio Pochettino’s men come into this game in good form as they look to extend their nine-game unbeaten streak.

Tottenham have been installed as the 1.40 favourites to win, while the draw is at 4.50, with Villa available at odds of 8.50.

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