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Aston Villa boss Garde is getting his message across

By Carl Markham

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde believes his players are at last getting the message and beginning to understand what he is about.

Time will tell if Garde was the right man to be charged with taking over a team in Villa's predicament, struggling at the bottom of the Premier League, but four points from the last two matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester have offered a modicum of encouragement in their battle for survival.

Villa are nine points adrift of safety, compared to just four when Tim Sherwood departed as boss, but ahead of the FA Cup third-round replay against League Two promotion hopefuls Wycombe tonight, Garde believes his way of working is hitting home.

"You ask if it took a while to get across to my players what I wanted to do and probably it did. And maybe my message did not go through to everybody, but now I find people who understand my message," said Garde.

"The way we played, the spirit we showed and the way we have come through a difficult period in the last two games has pleased me.

"It pleased me a lot because it means that the players I picked have a good attitude."

Garde is relatively new to management, having taken his only other job with French club Lyon in 2011, but the former Arsenal midfielder has shown the strength of mind to leave out established players at Villa Park.

Gabby Agbonlahor, the club's longest-serving player, has made only one two-minute appearance since Garde took over in November and those named only as substitutes against Leicester on Saturday included captain Micah Richards and previous first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

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