Sherwood praises Kieran Richardson, gives verdict on Jordan Ayew's performance

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood has praised Aston Villa duo Kieran Richardson and Jordan Ayew following the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the club's official website that he was pleased with Kieran Richardson and Jordan Ayew after the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Villa's woes continue this season after another defeat, with a Diego Costa strike and an own goal from Alan Hutton giving Chelsea a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Today's result means that Villa have won just once in nine league games this season, and the pressure is certainly mounting on Sherwood, with Villa rooted in the bottom three of the Premier League table.

Whilst Sherwood is feeling the heat at Villa Park, but he did actually praise two players following the game - starting with Kieran Richardson.

The veteran left back has been playing second fiddle to summer signing Jordan Amavi so far this season, but he was surprisingly handed a start at Stamford Bridge - and Sherwood told the club's official website that Richardson earned the right to play.

"I thought he did well," said Sherwood. "Unfortunately he couldn't last it out. I think he's earned the right. He's waited for his opportunity and I thought he came in and did exceptionally well."

Additionally, Sherwood gave praise to summer signing Jordan Ayew. The Ghanaian international hasn't found the back of the net for Villa yet having arrived from Lorient, but Sherwood hailed the 24-year-old's work rate against Chelsea.

"He did well too. He left nothing on the pitch. He had to come off at the end or he would have died of exhaustion. That's the type of lad he is. I think that goes for every player that we had out there. I don't think they lacked any desire or effort," he added.

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