Sherwood was frustrated by the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City last weekend and has suggested that his defence should have done better to prevent the goal scored by Bafetimbi Gomis, which was the only one of the game.
“We had eight bodies behind the ball. It was a good break down the left. They did us with pace and then it was a race to the ball in the middle and Gomis beat us to it,” said Sherwood.
Organisational problems aren’t surprising because Sherwood has had to make so many changes to his defence since he came in as manager.
Someone like Ron Vlaar slotting back into the team would improve the situation, providing that experience and leadership as well as the authority needed to keep the backline together.
The pace Sherwood mentions is extremely surprising because it’s something that Villa have in spades.
There are some very quick players all over Villa’s team and it’s arguable that the back four was just caught out, a little high up the pitch as they looked to make the most of that pace going forward.
Villa will need to show plenty of defensive resilience when the international break ends because they face up against Champions League chasing Manchester United.
If Villa aren’t fully organised in defence for that game, they could find it very difficult to get a result.