Sidwell was back from an Achilles injury for Villa's 4-0 reserves victory over Blackpool.
He told AVTV "I thought Steve Sidwell's attitude was spot on.
"He was fantastic and he worked up and down. He didn't shirk anything, put himself about and put on a good performance.
"That passes on things to the younger lads and, when you get someone setting an example like he did, it is great for the kids to see that."