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Tim Sherwood relishing Aston Villa’s Capital One Cup clash with Birmingham City

26 August 2015

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says his team will leave nothing on the field when they face local rivals Birmingham City in Round 3 of the Capital One Cup.

Villa meet the Blues at the next stage for the first time in nearly five years, following an action-packed 5-3 victory over Notts County on Tuesday.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 3 draw

And boss Sherwood says it didn't take long after the Midlands pair were drawn together to realise the magnitude of the fixture.

"I have never been involved in that game," he told Aston Villa's official website after their win against League 2 County.

"Obviously I know now - two minutes after the teams were drawn out together - how important it is.

"If the fans stick with us like they did tonight, we will give them something to shout about. We owe it to them.

"The reason we're playing Birmingham is because of what they did tonight. We will give them a performance. We won't leave anything on the field."

Villa negotiated their way past a resilient Notts County side in Round 2, but needed five goals to kill off the Magpies' onslaught.

Although some of the game was not easy viewing for Sherwood and his management staff, the 46-year-old was quick to praise the spirit of their Sky Bet League 2 opposition. 

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"I got cramp watching it," he added.

"We have to give a lot of credit to Notts County for the way they played and the way they conducted themselves. They came out to play football and did very, very well.

"I hope we win every game - but I hope they're not all like that. You don't want to sit through too many of them. The fans might. They might be entertained.

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"But to be quite honest, we wouldn't be that open in a Premier League game. We would balance off the squad a lot more."

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