Aston Villa secured a much needed win against West Brom last night.
It was a first win for the club under Tim Sherwood since he was confirmed as manager and he should be all over the positives created from this win like a rash.
Here are five things we learned about Villa from last night.
Benteke keeps his nerve
Christian Benteke kept his nerve with the last minute penalty, when weaker players may have choked, which could have resulted in a miss. It’s a goal, which should do his confidence some good over the next few days.
Control all over the team
Aston Villa showed last night that they are more than capable of controlling a game. They dominated in terms of possession and had more shots on goal, which translated into a win by the end of the important match.
Versatility in the team
Villa showed versatility in their performance. They were playing short passes and going more direct when they had to, which West Brom struggled to deal with throughout the game. They were persistent and eventually it paid off.
Credit to the manager
Tim Sherwood deserves a pat on the back for the way he kept the side motivated throughout the game. He never let the belief that they could get a win disappear, which proved pivotal going into those closing minutes.
The passion is still there
Gabby Agbonlahor did not look happy when he was taken off with just under ten minutes to go. That passion, which produced his frustration is encouraging to see and something every Villa player needs to show over the rest of the season.