After Aston Villa beat Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, manager Tim Sherwood felt they were deserving of all three points against his former employers, while talking up their chances of survival, reports BBC
A first-half goal from Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was enough to earn the visitors all three points, while boosting their hoes of avoiding relegation. Villa sit six points clear of the drop zone after their win, and they have been in decent form for the past two weeks. For manager Tim Sherwood, he will have been delighted with the victory, but even happier to have beaten the side who sacked him last summer.
In the build-up to the game, Sherwood said he did a good job with the Londoners as manager and development coach, working hard with the youth players that are now getting regular run-outs in the starting eleven- Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose – and he did pay tribute to Tottenham this time, admitting that he wouldn’t be Villa manager if not for them.
“Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made the decision (to sack me) based on what he thought was the right thing to do. Mauricio Pochettino is doing a good job. Without Spurs giving me the job last year, I wouldn’t have been here today to enjoy this win.”
But Sherwood was ultimately delighted with the victory, and he felt the Villans were more than good value for three points.
“It’s a fantastic result – we carried on from the good performance in the 3-3 draw against QPR. We thought we could have a good go and we did. I thought we deserved to win. No-one gave us a chance here or. We’re within touching distance (of securing safety). It’s a fantastic result for me and Aston Villa.”
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