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Sherwood Says Villa Must Beat Birmingham

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says that the derby game against Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup is a must win.

Villa has been in a slump, only winning two out of seven games to start the season. One of the wins came in the previous round of the Capital One Cup, when the team needed extra time to beat fourth-tier Notts County.

Tuesday’s clash with rivals Birmingham is a big game for Villa despite it being a cup game. Birmingham derbies are always a big thing, and after losing to West Bromwich Albion over the weekend, Sherwood plays this game up a must win for his side.

“It will be intense. It’s a big game and one I think they can handle. We tell the players that this means an awful lot and it’s not just a normal game,” Sherwood told The Guardian. “You can only do it by talking to them. The experienced players in our dressing room who have experienced derbies can also help them along with that. I am telling them it means an awful lot to the fans and it means an awful lot to the dressing room.

“I just think you need to keep focused and keep to your plan. You need to impose yourself on a very organised Birmingham City side. That’s what we will try and do. It will be blood and thunder – we expect that. But we need 11 players on the pitch at the end of the game. We know it will be tough. We will show them a lot of respect – but not too much.”

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