Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was at a loss to explain how his side squandered a two-goal lead with 20 minutes remaining to lose 3-2 to Leicester.
Goals in either half from Jack Grealish and Carles Gil had handed Sherwood’s side a 2-0 lead by the 63rd minute, with Villa seemingly certain of ending the hosts’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
However, goals from Ritchie De Laet, Jamie Vardy and Nathan Dyer in a late blitz from Leicester represented an incredible comeback for the Foxes, one which a despondent Sherwood was unable to explain.
“The game was gone, it was finished with 30 minutes to go,” Sherwood told Sky Sports. “At this level it should be dead and buried but unfortunately we made unforced errors and it has cost us.
“The first goal gave them the momentum and unfortunately we couldn’t wrestle it back from them. The only way to wrestle back momentum is to keep the ball and we just kept giving it back to them. It was not good enough.
“The players were professional enough but know on reflection that Leicester didn’t have to work very hard for their goals.”
The result leaves Villa 15th and without a win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Sherwood added: “I’ve never felt this bad. Ever. There was a lot of bad play there in the last half hour. We turned it over stupidly.
“What can I say? I’m gutted for everyone who’s associated with the football club. We have to stop letting in soft goals. Who cares if we played well? We lost. Totally lost.”