Former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham was pleased for his ex-club after they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
But, on Twitter after the game, the current pundit admitted Villa lost the game all by themselves when it came to the match-defining moment.
Indeed, during Stoke's winner, Higginbotham feels Villa's centre-backs were simply too far apart, acting as though they were still part of a back three when they had switched to four in defence. As a former defender himself, the ex-Stoke man knows a thing or two about positioning.
Villa started with 3 at the back then went to 4 at half time. Watch Stokes winner. Two centre backs so far apart. Still playing like a 3— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) October 3, 2015
This particular tactical issue, of course, seems like one in a long list for Aston Villa.
Tim Sherwood may well come good at Villa Park but, right now, the manager is seriously lacking in several departments.
The biggest is in terms of his tactics and Villa fans have been quick to point out his failings on Twitter after the Stoke City loss.
Stoke's win makes it just one win, one draw and six defeats in Aston Villa's first eight Premier League games. No top-flight side has lost more than them, with only two winning less.