Manager Tim Sherwood has said he felt we didn’t deserve to lose the game today against Swansea and he felt we should’ve won it like he said we would ahead of the game.
Audio – Sherwood’s Swansea Reaction
Speaking to the Official Site following the two one loss at Villa Park earlier today, Sherwood explained.
‘I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. But we haven’t got anything from it. It’s very disappointing. As soon as Micah Richards brought down Gylfi Sigurdsson, I knew he was going to put it in the net because I have seen him do it a million times. Then for the last goal, we looked tired to be honest. It looked like we were out on our feet when we were tracking back there. It was too easy. To sidefoot the ball in, six yards out, under no pressure is not good enough.’
Having taken the lead and – well some improvements on display – in the first hour of the game despite not really testing Fabianski in goal, the gaffer went on to say that at that point he felt we would go on to win it.
Swansea however stepped up a gear and had other ideas.
‘I believed we could go on and win it. It happens time and time again though. It was three minutes. It’s like we have to score to equalise. Every time we score it’s like an equaliser because we know they’re going to score. It shouldn’t be like that. We have to have more devil in us. It was a free-kick – and a well taken free-kick – and it’s undone us. I don’t think the momentum swung. It was anyone’s game after that. It was to and fro without anyone being spectacular and dominating. They managed to get the final goal. It could easily have been us.’
I think the vast majority may in fact disagree with that, believing Swansea were in fact the likely to win.
Sherwood however maintained his blinkered belief and confidence, whilst acknowledging that we need to turn the corner yesterday.
‘We will stay in the Premier League. We need to improve obviously. We need the confidence that comes with a result. That can change anything. That game was a toss of the coin match. I could be sitting here – and Garry Monk could come in here after being very disappointed. That’s how close it was – and all of our games have been to be perfectly honest.’
As for Villa Park form, he was asked if it was proving to be difficult to play one home soil, but that seems a bit daft as we don’t seem to be able to play away wither.
‘It seems like it’s a difficult place to play for the players. But I am not playing. It’s up to them to go out there and be brave and show what they can do. They show a lot of quality on the training field. They have to start showing it here under pressurised situations. I understand the anxiety because it’s a big football club. But if you can’t handle playing at a big football club you shouldn’t be at one. I try and pick players who I suggest can handle the pressure. That’s how I am selecting my teams at the moment.’
With Southampton up next as we close out the month of October looking not to lose every single game we have played in the Premier League since August 8, he went on to say.
‘There were a few sore legs out there. Micah Richards was struggling. It was Gabby Agbonlahor’s first game back. We will mix it up. We will have a look and see a few of our other new players – and see how they perform on the big stage.’
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