'I don't know': Sherwood can't explain Aston Villa's cup final performance

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood struggled to explain why his tactics didn't work against Arsenal over the weekend.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood defended his tactics for the FA Cup final, when he spoke to talkSPORT after the showpiece occasion at Wembley.

Sherwood defended the way he got his team to go about the game, which wasn’t enough to stop Arsenal strolling to a 4-0 victory against the side which only just stayed up in the Premier League.

“I don’t know. You always look at it and I’ll have to look at it back. I’ve looked at the different ways this team have played against Arsenal previously and with the personnel we had, I felt that was the best way to go about it otherwise I wouldn’t have done it,” he said.

The result was Villa’s third defeat on the bounce and Sherwood is now faced with a challenge to maintain morale as players head off for breaks over the summer before returning for pre-season.

A break may be just what the club needs, but it’s difficult to find many positives for Villa based on their performance over the weekend.

Arsenal were just too good for them and gave Villa no chance of playing the match in the expansive way they wanted to go about putting together a performance.

Sherwood will study the tapes and hopefully he can learn a few lessons, which will work for the benefit of the side when they encounter similar fixtures next season.

It’s a performance, which may also show the boss that he’s got one or two deficiencies in his squad, which need to be addressed in the transfer market.

It was a disappointing weekend for Villa but they will move on and hopefully be stronger the next time they are in that position.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch