Sherwood’s men have picked up just four points this season, and Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT that the manager has a right to be disappointed with his players considering that they are bringing around their own downfall.
The Arsenal legend said: “It was a poor mistake [which led to Chelsea’s goal]. And when you’re a manager under pressure, that’s one thing you don’t want from your players - making a bad mistake at a vital time in the game. What they’ve got to take out of that, is that there are positives there. The team are getting better, although it might take a little bit more time.”
Parlour was speaking in reference to Villa’s loss at the hands of Chelsea last weekend, when they fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Blues.
The game was fairly even, aside from the goals, and it was not until a couple of mistakes from some Villa players that Chelsea managed to take the lead.
Brad Guzan passed to Joleon Lescott in defence, who mis-controlled the ball, allowing Willian to steal possession and set up Diego Costa to pass into an empty net.
The second goal was similar, with the Villa defence allowing Cesc Fabregas the freedom of the final third to play a pass to Costa, who then had time in the penalty area to face goal, and put the ball in the back of the net - with the aid of a deflection.
The defending was comical at best, but aside from those two situations, Chelsea never really threatened, and the overall Villa performance was fairly solid.
There were certainly improvements from how they have played in previous weeks, but Sherwood was let down by certain players in the search for a result, and because of these mistakes, the manager could have come one defeat closer to losing his job.