Tim Sherwood has admitted his “disappointment” at Aston Villa’s performance against West Brom, but has vowed to win over their booing fans.
Saido Berahino scored the only goal of the game against an insipid Villa side to claim all three points in this Midlands derby, with Villa rarely threatening to equalise at any point during the clash.
Asked on his conclusions from the game, Sherwood responded: “Disappointment that we didn’t perform. I think West Brom deserved the result. They came and did a good job on us.
“We did not express ourselves enough on them. I thought we were a little better in the second period, we had a few more balls into the box.
“I need to watch it back and there are obviously some problems from this game but our performances over this period of the season have been encouraging, we just have not got enough points.
“It is all about getting points and there is plenty of time to accumulate enough points.
“There was no lack of effort from the players. They know the importance of this game and every game.
“Today was not our day and we have to give them a bit of credit for stifling us, and they got their goal, which was a scruffy goal.
“We put [Rudy] Gestede on [at half-time] and we tried to load the ball into the box, and we looked a bit more threatening, but not enough.”
The hosts did finally find the net in the second half when searching for their equaliser, with Micah Richards heading home a cross, but the referee had already called for a foul on Jack Grealish.
On the decision Sherwood added: “If it has gone against us, it has gone against us. I clearly heard the whistle before Micah put the ball in the net.”
The derby defeat leaves Villa lying just one point above the relegation zone at albeit such an early stage, and although his side were booed off at the end of the game by their home support, Sherwood vowed to bounce back.
“Tim Sherwood is at his best when he is backed into a corner,” he said.
“I have said ‘be patient’ from the start. They have in the main but, when you lose derby games, patience wears thin.
“I’m not just saying it in hindsight, this is a transition period, and there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs.
“If our points marry our performances then we should have a lot more than four. We have to take it on the chin and put it right. I can look those boys in the eye and know they are all on side and eager to put it right.
“There’s no need for panic.”