Villa hero Teale offers some advice to struggling defenders

Aston Villa hero Shaun Teale has offered some advice to the team's current defenders.

Teale, an old-school centre-half, admits players should show more determination to win their personal battles by attacking dead-ball deliveries.

Considering the 3-3 draw at Everton, Teale told the Birmingham Mail: “At 3-2 up we concede yet another corner and it costs us three points.

“They don’t attack the ball. Look at Fellaini, I think Ciaran Clark gets bundled over in the melèe but Ron Vlaar actually runs under Fellaini. There’s no attacking of the ball.

“Our philosophy when we were defending was ‘there’s only one ball, lets go and attack it’.

“You can have 20 players in the box, but there’s still only one ball. Go and head the ball but we don’t. Maybe that’s a thing from bygone days where defenders went and headed the ball 40 yards out their own box.

“Maybe they don’t like getting their hair dirty any more. You don’t see the old-school defending where it’s ‘you know what, he ain’t going to win this, I’m going to win this’.

“I used to have a philosophy, if I lost the first header in a game it would wind me up so much I’d tell myself I’d not lose another.”

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