Tim Sherwood leaps to defence of Tim Sherwood

Date published: Saturday 17th October 2015 6:36

Tim Sherwood unfortunately didn’t continue to refer to himself in the third person, but instead launched an impassioned defence of his Aston Villa side.Aston Villa started brightly against Chelsea but succumbed to a strike from Diego Costa and an own goal from Alan Hutton to fall to yet another Premier League defeat.Villa have now won just one point from a possible 24 after their victory over Bournemouth on the opening day, and sit above only Sunderland and Newcastle in the table.

Against a Chelsea side themselves struggling for form Villa looked positive, but Sherwood believes the first goal – described as “fluky” was of utmost importance.

“The first goal in any match is so important, and Chelsea didn’t have to work too hard for that,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ll take the positives today – we took the game to them, we dominated them in the first period and we created a few chances of our own. But we gave ourselves an uphill task after the first goal.

“It’s only a matter of time until Chelsea come good, and today we didn’t get the rub of the green. We have to move on and learn from mistakes, because they are costing us at the moment.

“Goalscoring has not been our problem, but not winning matches is of course a concern. We will continue to work hard in training to put things right.

“I can’t worry about speculation concerning me – this is business as usual. I am on Aston Villa’s side, no-one else’s.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, Sherwood continued his impassioned defence.

We gifted goals away today – they were fluky, but when you’re down the bottom that’s what you get,” he said. “Chelsea always score at the Bridge so we knew we had to score to get something out of today.

“We dominated in the opening period, and they had no chances until they scored, which was a gift from us.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t got that cutting edge which you need to win matches. We are not blaming individuals – we are in this together. We have to bounce back and dust ourselves down. The result is disappointing but we’ll crack on.

“Stats can mislead people at times – we played on the front foot here at the Bridge, we matched them initially. We believe we’ll stay in this division, though it’s clear for everyone to see that we’re a side in transition.

“I am positive, I will not shrink. I didn’t hear my supporters shouting for me to leave. I’ll keep swinging, even if I’m backed into a corner.”


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