Friday 23 March 2018

Battle isn't over yet for Sherwood

Aston Villa 1 West Ham 0

Tom Cleverley celebrates scoring Aston Villa's winning goal against West Ham yesterday
Tom Cleverley celebrates scoring Aston Villa's winning goal against West Ham yesterday
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood during his side's match against West Ham at Villa Park yesterday
Aston Villa's Tom Cleverley and West Ham's Mark Noble in action yesterday

Nick Mashiter

Boss Tim Sherwood warned Aston Villa their fight for survival is not over despite a crucial win over West Ham.

Tom Cleverley's third goal in three games, set up by good play from Jack Grealish, handed Villa a victory to put them on the brink of Premier League safety.

They are 14th in the table, four points above the bottom three with just two games left, after Hull's defeat to Burnley.

Villa go to Southampton next week before a home finale against the Clarets, who were relegated despite their 1-0 win at the KC Stadium - but Sherwood is not taking safety for granted.

He said: "Everyone is getting unlikely results. It's in our hands but you will see a few more twists and turns. I talked to them about complacency today but I didn't see it, I saw a very open, attacking performance and then I saw a really professional one in the second period."

Defeat condemned the Hammers to an 11th away game without a win as they struggled to create chances.

Enner Valencia had a header ruled out for offside in the second half - a decision which angered boss Sam Allardyce - but the manager admitted they are struggling for goals.

He said: "For a number of weeks now we have tried to find the goals you need and we can't find them. Simple as that. Whatever we do, whatever chances we create, none of our players seem to convert them into goals. Because of that life is extremely difficult.

"Our last two goals were an Aaron Cresswell free-kick and a Mark Noble penalty. We failed in front of goal and because of that we end up losing the game 1-0."

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