Tim Sherwood: Scott Sinclair was 'very good' against Stoke

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood was disappointed with Aston Villa's defeat against Stoke, but singled out Scott Sinclair for praise.

Tim Sherwood's first game in charge of Aston Villa ended in defeat as Stoke City left Villa Park with a dramatic 2-1 victory.

It all started so well for the former Tottenham manager, as Scott Sinclair opened the scoring for Villa after just 20 minutes - but that's as good as it got for Sherwood.

With just three shots on goal in 90 minutes, Villa's attacking troubles were once again evident, and Stoke took advantage with goals from Mame Biram Diouf and a last minute penalty from Victor Moses.

Moses was taken down in injury time by defender Ron Vlaar, and the Dutchman was subsequently sent off - and whilst it ended badly for Sherwood, he did pick out some positives on the club's official website after the game, praising new signing Sinclair as well as his back four of Alan Hutton, Vlaar, Ciaran Clark and Kieran Richardson.

"It's a work in progress with a lot of work needed to be done," said Sherwood. "I was encouraged with some performances - Scott Sinclair, I thought, was very good, the two centre-halves were good, Kieran Richardson was very lively and Alan Hutton was a threat on the right hand side.

Sinclair, who bagged Villa's goal today after scoring against Leicester City in the FA Cup last weekend, has made a strong start to life at Villa Park having joined on loan from Manchester City in January.

The ex-Chelsea youngster had a reputation for scoring goals from wide areas whilst with Swansea, and so far, he looks to be replicating that success with Villa.

In Sherwood's 4-4-2 system, it's vital that wide players get involved - and his praise for Sinclair suggests that he will be a key player in the coming months at Villa Park.

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