Villa have made a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign, and their latest defeat to Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion has sent alarm bells ringing around the club.
However, Sherwood insists that patience is required - as the amount of changes he made over the summer meant that an inconsistent start was always likely.
“We are making progress," he insisted. "We’ve had an awful lot of changes this season and we know that it will take time. It’s going to be an up and down season. At the moment, there have been more downs than ups but we deserve more than we have got on the table.”
Sherwood has brought in 10 new outfield players, and there is no doubting that they are a team in transition at the moment.
The Claret and Blues have shown flashes of what they are capable of this term, but they have failed to piece together a 90-minute performance that has been particularly notable.
Villa's only league win has come away against Bournemouth on the opening day, and there are concerns starting to form about where they are heading.
With the pressure building, Sherwood may have been hoping for an easy fixture to get his side going, but there is no releningt in his side's schedule, as next up they face Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup, in what looks set to be a fiercely contested derby.