Villa had appeared on course for a draw at Selhurst Park, only for 21-year-old left-back Jordan Amavi’s late individual error to cost the visitors a well-earned point.
However, it was not all bad news for Villa’s travelling supporters, who got the chance to have a first look at Adama Traore after the winger’s recent arrival from Barcelona.
And the 19-year-old Spaniard made an immediate impact after coming on as a 69th-minute substitute, with Traore creating Villa’s equaliser with a moment of skill that delighted his manager.
“We played well in the first half, we quietened them and kept the ball off them, created a few chances of our own, but unfortunately we were unable to take them,” said Sherwood.
“Second half I thought they came out and pushed us back, got the goal, and then we managed to get ourselves back into it. But I am bitterly disappointed to have lost it so late from an individual error.
“It is never good to lose any game, but Crystal Palace did not have to work for their goals today, it was two poor goals from our point of view, but on to the next.
“I just thought that it was the right time to sling him [Traore] on and hopefully he could do something, and that is what he is capable of. They (Villa’s fans) need to realise that we have a lot of young players in this squad and you saw the flip side. You saw someone who lit it up and with no fear and got us back in the game.
“And on the other side you have a player who has probably made the wrong choice today. But you have to learn from that, and he will, as he is a good player.”
And Sherwood said that the Villa faithful are going to get plenty more opportunities to see Traore in action over the coming weeks.
“We know what he possesses, so hopefully them Villa fans can see a lot more of him and I will make sure that he gets the right opportunities at the right times,” he added.