Sherwood: We believed we could beat Liverpool

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has hailed his players following their FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, and said they believes they could emerge victorious before the game had even started, reports Sky Sports.

Goals from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph were the difference against a lacklustre Liverpool side, who didn’t come close to getting back into the game when Aston Villa finally went ahead in the game. Tim Sherwood’s side fell behind to a Philippe Coutinho goal in the first-half, but rallied back into the game to score two goals either side of half-time.

Aston Villa held on for the win, and certainly deserved their place in the FA Cup final from their semi-final showing against Liverpool. The Claret and Blues haven’t been in the competition’s final since 2000, and the manager feels fellow finalists Arsenal have all the pressure on their shoulders.

Sherwood was delighted with the performances of his players, as he felt they stuck to the game plan perfectly. Liverpool were lacklustre against the Villans, and have been enduring disappointing results in recent weeks. Villa, on the hand, are flying since the ex-Spurs boss took charge.

“It’s a great occasion for the football club. Nothing is won yet, but not a lot of people gave us a chance coming here against Liverpool. We believed it and when we stepped on that pitch we realised our fans believed it as well and that means an awful lot to us. They were magnificent, especially when we went behind, they dragged us back into the game. I thought we dominated the football after that and caused Liverpool a lot of problems,” he said.

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