Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was clearly disappointed after the defeat his team suffered at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, but the Villains’ coach also reckons there was something positive in this match for them, especially in the first half:
“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.”
On the conceded goals he said:
“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.”
On attacking philosophy of his team:
“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.”
On being a leader in the dressing room:
“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.”