What would you take: $80 million or three points?
According to Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, “three points all day.”
Christian Benteke’s stoppage time penalty against West Brom gave Sherwood his first win as manager at the club as Villa climbed out of the relegation zone.
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As the final whistle blew, Villa Park erupted as if they had just won the league, with Sherwood one of the most excited in all the Midlands.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Sherwood said taking three points was better than winning the lottery.
It’s the best feeling in the world.
When I left home my missus said to me she had done the Euro lottery – a £54m jackpot – but I said I’d take three points all day.
We need to bottle it up and experience it a few more times. There were people who wrote us off but we’re alive and kicking. People will look at that result but the performance was great.”
For a reference point, £54 million is equal to over $80 million.
The win sends Villa out of the drop zone, but with only a three point cushion. Both Queens Park Rangers and Burnley have played less games than Aston Villa, so there is still work to be done for Tim Sherwood and his men.
Despite all the excitement around the club today, it is still an uneasy situation at Villa Park. The win was the club’s first in seven matches and they will need points in almost every match moving forward to guarantee survival.