Sherwood: Aston Villa “controlled the game” against Manchester City


“We should have won the game,” said Tim Sherwood, following Aston Villa’s late, heartbreaking 3-2 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. You know what? It’s hard to disagree with the first-year Villa boss, given the way the game’s final 10 minutes transpired.

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Villa equalized, a second time, through Carlos Sanchez in the 85th minute, then they should have been awarded a penalty and seen a red card shown to Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart two minutes later. Instead, an incorrect offside ruling negated what would have been Villa’s chance at a winner from 12 yards out, and Fernandinho scored the actual winner on City’s next trip down the field.

Sherwood, lauding his players’ effort and what should have been, in his post-game interview (above video):

“I thought we controlled the football match, to be perfectly honest. We played very, very well and there’s a lot of positives to take out of the game, but unfortunately, no points.”

“I could see [Christian Benteke] was onside from where I was standing, and I’m not even in line [with the play.] It’s one that’s gone against us, obviously. … It’s a penalty and red card for Joe Hart, but unfortunately it’s gone against us.”

“We should have won the game, but at least a draw would have been satisfying. I’m satisfied with the performance, but I can’t be satisfied with the decisions that have gone against us there and no points.”