Monday 24 October 2016

Sherwood urges Villa fans to keep derby emotions in check

Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood

Boss Tim Sherwood has urged Aston Villa fans to keep their derby emotions in check against West Brom.

The teams face each other at Villa Park today for the first time since their fiery FA Cup clash last season.

Villa won the quarter-final 2-1 in March but were eventually fined £200,000 after fans twice invaded the pitch, once during and once at the end of the game.

Seats were also thrown from the Albion section onto Villa supporters in the stand with Tony Pulis insisting he feared for his players' safety during the invasion.

Claudio Yacob and Jack Grealish were also sent off in the second half during a feisty game which came just four days after Villa had won their Premier League clash 2-0.

And Sherwood wants supporters to stay in their seats even if his side win the game.

He said: "I just hope that they're tempted to. If they are then we've done something right but please stay to the edge on the pitch.

"Do all your cheering from there. You do it well enough. They give great support to this football club, to the players and to myself.

"It can be done from their seats or standing up. Make sure you stay off the pitch."

Idrissa Gueye's hamstring injury will be assessed after he missed Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Leicester.

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