A last gasp Christian Benteke goal gave Tim Sherwood his first win in charge of Aston Villa as they beat local rivals West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Finally having a win under his belt Sherwood can now build a platform to go on and keep his Villa side in the Premier League.
“It’s huge for us," the new Villa boss was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “We’ve got a group of players who are not really suited to a relegation battle.
Sherwood: We're still alive
"The old fashioned style is blood and thunder and dig out results. We have to play as if we’re not in the relegation battle, we have to pass the ball and move, and I thought we did that. We’ve bucked the trend of seven Premier League losses and now we’re looking upwards and onwards.”
Villa fans went home happy for the first time in three months as Sherwood explained: “Basically I’m saying we’re alive.
"There are people that wrote us off but we’re alive and kicking. If we go down, we go down fighting. The result is great but I think that performance, especially in the first half, was not of a team fighting relegation.”
After Saido Berahino’s 66th minute equaliser Villa fans thought their long wait for a win would continue.
Deep into stoppage time Matt Lowton was brought down inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
Benteke, who has had a difficult season with injuries, stepped up under enormous pressure and buried the ball past Ben Foster.
Sherwood’s men will go again on Saturday in the same fixture but this time for a place in the F.A Cup semi final and a chance to play at Wembley Stadium.
Sherwood pleased with performance
"There is no chance of resting players for Saturday,” Sherwood added, according to the Express. “We're aiming for Europe next.
"The lads are a little bit down that they did not score four.
"There is no feeling like that final whistle when you have won and I've missed that.”
Sherwood will be hoping for more of that feeling in the remaining weeks of the season as he fights to keep his new side in England’s top division.
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