English Premiership

Sherwood focusing on Villa

2015-05-04 11:07
Tim Sherwood (Supplied)

Cape Town - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is trying not to worry too much about the relegation scrap, after a 3-2 win over Everton at Villa Park on Saturday helped his team stay out of the drop zone.

Two goals from Belgian striker Christian Benteke and another from Tom Cleverley were enough to cancel out strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jagielka for the Toffees.

The win moves Villa up to 14th in the table, two points above the relegation zone but having played a game more than Hull City, who are one point behind, and Sunderland, who are two below them.

QPR and Burnley now look like favourites for the drop, with five team teams trying their best not to join them, including the Villains. Despite such a tight scrap for survival, Sherwood says he is trying not to spend too much time looking at the table.

"I have driven myself mad since I have been at the club looking at tables and permutations, other peoples' fixtures," he said.

"I have made a pact that I won't do that. It is a tough enough job trying to look at what we are doing at Villa, never mind looking at everyone else's results. You can't look at it. It drives you mad."

Benteke has been linked with a move to away from the club at the end of the season, but Sherwood hopes the Belgium international follows the example of Fabian Delph and commits his future to the Birmingham club.

"Maybe Aston Villa is a club they want to show loyalty to," he added. "I can't think of too many footballers who would have signed a four-year deal like Fabian Delph did when he could have gone to the top four.

"Let's hope they all follow suit. But I believe even if we didn't make a signing we wouldn't be in this position again."

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