Sherwood's Aston Villa did what the club have not done for 20 years

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Aston Villa are making big strides under Tim Sherwood.

Whatever Tim Sherwood is doing at Aston Villa, it is working.

Having gone weeks without scoring a single goal, Villa netted four in just 45 minutes in a stunning first half display against Sunderland at the weekend.

The wretchedness of Gus Poyet's team contributed to that, but Villa's own efforts should not be ignored, especially as in the process of their goal flurry, they equalled an achievement that has not been matched for 20 years.

SkySports statistician Martin Tyler has checked the record books to confirm that the last time Villa scored four in the first half of any league game (excluding own goals), came back in 1994/95.

That came in a 7-1 victory over Wimbledon, with Brian Little's side not letting up in their dominance. The goals were scored by Tommy Johnson, Dean Saunders and Dwight Yorke, as well as an own goal.

Villa's current team didn't score seven at the weekend, but the victory was just as monumental. With 18th placed Burnley pulling off a surprise win at Manchester City, their victory kept them three points clear of the relegation zone, and have now dragged Sunderland right into the battle, with the Black Cats now two points below them.

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