Villa suffered a slight setback over the weekend losing to Swansea City after three straight victories in all competitions under the new manager.
They now face a difficult game against Manchester United when the next round of international fixtures are over and done with.
“This game is always going to be a big against QPR. They’re all big. The next one (against Manchester United) is the biggest because it’s the next one,” he said.
“The lads aren’t silly. They know what they’re up against. Swansea are a good side and made it difficult for us.”
Villa have a slight cushion just above the bottom three but the team are by no means out of danger as things stand.
Villa need to try and put more distance between themselves and the bottom places, which will take the pressure off and allow the manager to start being a bit more creative with his tactics.
The real challenge is how Villa respond after the international break with a big game against United.
United are in good form after solid performances against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and it’s difficult to see where Villa might find a weakness they can exploit.
Where Villa are going to save themselves is when they face the teams around them near the bottom of the table.
They face QPR after the game against United and then play Burnley on the final day of the season, but Sherwood will be hoping that things are sorted and the team is safe before that last game.