herald

Sunday 4 December 2016

Sherwood joy as Villa one win from Premier safety

Jack Grealish and Tom Cleverly
Jack Grealish and Tom Cleverly

Tim Sherwood targeted two wins to guarantee survival for Aston Villa but they are closing in on their goal faster than the manager realises.

Tom Cleverley's first-half strike sealed a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday to put Villa four points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

Villa have two games left and go to Southampton next weekend before a home finale with relegated Burnley. One win would make Villa's safety certain, although they may already have sufficient points.

Sherwood, whose side have won three of their last four games, is delighted Villa are closing in on the safety target he was given when he replaced Paul Lambert in February.

He said: "We are going in the right direction, aren't we.

"A couple more wins and we will be all right."

Reflecting on the performance against West Ham, he said: "It was impossible to be as dominant as we were in the first half for 90 minutes.

"It is a Premier League game - you don't get 90 minutes of domination. But it was as comfortable as it could be at this stage of the season.

"In the first half we were more open and expansive. In the second half we were professional and knew how to kill the game off.

"We limited West Ham to one header at goal which was James Collins and you expect Shay Given to save. Even in the second period we were creating the better chances."

Defeat means West Ham have failed to win on the road in the league since December and they have scored just four top-flight away goals in 2015.

Promoted articles

Entertainment News