MacDonald backs Garde to succeed

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald believes the squad is willing to give everything to help Remi Garde lead the club away from the relegation zone.

Garde was officially appointed to replace Tim Sherwood as the club's manager on Monday afternoon, but his late flight into England meant MacDonald retained control of the team for the 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur that evening.

Despite the eventual score, Villa showed glimpses are what they are capable of throughout the match and MacDonald is confident the players have the desire and work ethic to avoid the drop this season.

"If you look at the game as a whole, for the new manager, the shift that the players put in over the course of the 90 minutes – he's got something to work with," he said after the game.

"They've got a great desire to work, work, and work. They need to utilise their knowledge a little bit better, they need to take care of the ball a bit better.

"Obviously Remi with his experience of having played with Arsenal and with the work he's done at Lyon, I'm sure he'll be reiterating that as well.

"Second half, we seemed to have a bit more of a go, and started to create a few more chances.

"We're a bit disappointed to lose 3-1, but that is the score in the end. Disappointing, as it always is, but when you're down at the bottom of the league, you've got to keep fighting, and start again next time."

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