Sherwood was positive about the performance away at Newcastle, despite a 1-0 defeat, and has suggested that the side need to be more patient with their build up play.
“It was a much improved performance - We need to be more patient - the anxiety got into the team – Sometimes you need to pick your way through and use your brains and your quality,” said the boss.
Aston Villa are staring down the barrel at the moment as they look for a way to improve their fortunes and climb the table away from the bottom three.
Sherwood would have been hoping for a more positive start at the club after he replaced Paul Lambert, but he seems determined to keep the players focused on moving forward.
The side are playing with nerves so it’s important that the leaders and experienced players in the team step up and try to ease some of the pressure over the club.
They can also help the attacking players in the side from trying to constantly press the issue.
When a side is so focused and anxious about their attack, it can create big spaces in behind which leave the defence exposed and in trouble.
Aston Villa host West Brom in the Premier League this week in a game where hopefully, they’ll show a little more patience and precision with their attacking play.