Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was full of praise for his players after they saw off fierce rivals Birmingham City 1-0 in Round 3 of the Capital One Cup.Rudy Gestede scored the winner, heading home in front of the Holte End, but Sherwood believes his side were worthy of more.
“I think we deserved to win by a lot more. We were on a hiding to nothing,” he told the press post-match.
“All we can do is come here and get through. We showed a lot of bottle. The boys stuck to it.
“In the second half they were brave enough to get on the ball, look forward, pass it forward - it was great.”
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Villa hadn't won in four matches, since beating Notts County in Round 2 of the Cup, but they condemned Blues to only their second defeat of the campaign.
They now go into Wednesday night's Round 4 draw, and with some added confidence in the squad.
“It's a good confidence boost,” the manager added.
“I believe that points tally-wise we haven't got what we have deserved this season. The performances have been encouraging with a new group of players.
“You can take the West Brom game out of that. But even then it's fine margins. Brad Guzan is picking up the ball and Saido Berahino gets a flick on it.
“But it's about wins. I know the fans are interested in wins. They are not dissecting the game like I do every week.
“It's a victory – and one in a derby. I am just delighted for the boys. Hopefully that can be a platform for us to move on.”
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