Sherwood gives instant verdict on Aston Villa defeat, responds to supporters booing

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood claims Aston Villa's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City was 'not good enough'.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told BBC Sport that he was 'very disappointed' with his side's performance against Stoke City today.

Sherwood is under increasing pressure as Villa boss having won just once this season, and their fortunes didn't improve against Stoke this afternoon.

Marko Arnautovic's second half goal handed Stoke a 1-0 win at Villa Park, leaving Sherwood's men with just four points, meaning they stay in the bottom three alongside Sunderland and Newcastle.

It was always going to take some time for Villa's summer signings to gel, but supporters were clearly hoping for a better start to the season than this, having lost six of their eight Premier League games so far.

After the final whistle, Sherwood spoke to BBC Sport about his immediate emotions following the defeat, and admitted that his side simply weren't good enough.

He also spoke in response to audible booing from Aston Villa fans upon the final whistle, saying that he will promise to work hard to reverse Villa's fortunes.

"Very disappointed," said Sherwood. "It's a game we need to win. We were at home to a team that we could have leapfrogged, and we failed to capitalise on that today. [The performance was] not good enough. It wasn't good enough as a whole, I think it was a draw. I think both teams were average at best, and it's not good enough."

"I can give them assurances that we will work as hard as we always have done. I understand their disappointment, they want to see their team win and be entertained, and today it wasn't good enough," said Sherwood.

Villa now head in to the international break in real trouble, with Sherwood's position as manager becoming increasingly unstable after another defeat. He must now find answers for Villa's problems over the next two weeks - or risk losing his job.

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