Manager Tim Sherwood has said there were plenty of positives he could take from the loss to Chelsea, and on another day he knew we’d have a point.
Audio – Sherwood On Chelsea
A David James like moment from Brad Guzan, plus an own goal sealed our fate at Stamford Bridge and yet again Villa become a side to give a fellow struggler a lift.
Speaking to the Official Site following the two nil defeat, a frustrated Sherwood explained.
‘We gifted goals away. The second one was a little bit fluky. We have had a few deflected goals against us. When you’re down there that’s what you get. I’ve lost count. I think it might be five or six deflected goals we’ve conceded this season. That one wasn’t even on target. It’s come off Alan’s heel and it shouldn’t have been a problem but you get punished and you just have to move on. To give away the first was so important. In the Premier League, scoring the first goal gives you a chance. To gift them one like that was very disappointing.’
As for the positives from the game, Sherwood went on to say that largely apart from those two moments he felt we were well in the match, and competing well but with eight efforts, the fact we only got one on target shows another age old weakness at the club.
‘We will move on now. It was encouraging at points in the game. We dominated the game in the first period without opening them up too many times. We have had a few chances. They have had none except the one we gifted them. There were positives. We have come to the Bridge and matched them. We haven’t sat back and tried to dig in and nick something. We have took the game to them. Unfortunately we didn’t have that cutting edge which you’re going to need to win football matches. We have come here and played on the front foot. We have matched Chelsea stride for stride. Unfortunately we have gifted them a first goal and it was an uphill struggle after that. But it’s onwards and upwards now.’
As for the attacking players on show with yet another largely new frontline, the gaffer went on to say.
‘I thought we carried the ball well. We had good possession of the football. We created our own chances. Our full-backs got forward at the right times. Carles Gil and Jack Grealish, especially in the first period, were a threat in between lines. We had good possession and were in control of the football and in control of the game in the first period.’
With a continuing losing streak infecting us, Sherwood went on to say that it’s down to him to be the leader, and lift the lads, and keep giving them belief that this will turn around because he knows there’s more to come from us and he knows we are still yet to fully click – and plenty of folks have already picked out players who are looking good even though it’s not been enough to effect results yet.
‘The players have got to look to me. I am positive. I am not going to shrink. I will stand there at the front and take the brunt of it. I take responsibility for results. If they need inspiration, they need to look to me. It’s a young group in transition and still developing. We’re upbeat in there. But we have to start winning football matches because that’s what it’s all about.’
Hopefully with subtle changes to the starting eleven, dealing with those who are clearly out of form and being carried and costing us, we can see over the coming weeks more from Jack and Gil, and a growing Ayew, Gestede and Gana and then when it does properly click maybe we’ll have something to enjoy.
With sack talk still covering the press, in wider coverage of his after game press conference, the following quotes can also be found.
‘I’ve had no indication that the clock’s ticking. I’m under no illusion that as a football manager, you need to win football matches. If you don’t you’ll invariably lose your job somewhere along the line. I’ll take my share of responsibility, but it’s a team effort. We need to make sure that we stick together and come through it. Mistakes are there and we have to stick together. They’re team mistakes. It’s about bouncing back and making sure we don’t do it again. We’re disappointed we lost again and we are in a precarious position in the Premier League, but we got positives out of that game today.’
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