A Frustrated but Realistic Tim Sherwood Discusses Speculation and Opposition Gifts

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Until Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott gifted Chelsea their first goal, Aston Villa were making a decent fist of potentially getting something out of the game. Jack Grealish and Carles Gil were keeping the ball well and trying to make things happen and the team as a whole were positive in taking on Chelsea, rather than defending in numbers.

But yet again, defensive lapses were the downfall. Tim Sherwood was pretty relaxed and pragmatic in his post match interviews including the one below with Sky Sports, in which he reminded people that he was “on Aston Villa’s side”. In the post-match BBC Interview he talked about Villa supporters being supportive at Stamford Bridge, but the real test of their patience will come at Villa Park next weekend, when Swansea City visit.

Tim Sherwood interview

It’s a strange situation at the moment. You want to back Tim Sherwood while he is under pressure, because he deserves the support after his efforts last season securing Premier League status and also for providing fans with that great Wembley semi-final win against Liverpool, but now is not time for sentiment with Villa in a precarious position, already cut adrift in the bottom three with just four points from nine games.

Too much significance is placed on every game, for example, the home game against Stoke City was seen as a ‘must win’ game. We lost it, so now what? Give in?

Regardless of some supporter’s irrational approach to games, Swansea City will no doubt be a pivotal game.

If Sherwood’s team iron out the mistakes and get a positive result against the Swans, Sherwood will feel the support grow behind him. If they loss easily and sloppily, no amount of his words will be able to talk round a growing disenfranchised supporter base.


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