Premier League roundup: Tim Sherwood not panicking after poor start

Tim Sherwood dismissed fears over Aston Villa’s stuttering start after their second straight derby defeat.

Premier League roundup: Tim Sherwood not panicking after poor start

He insisted there was no need to panic after their 1-0 home defeat to West Brom. Saido Berahino scored a first-half winner on his return to the Baggies starting line-up for the first time following his strike threat earlier this month.

Villa host fierce rivals Birmingham in the Capital One Cup tomorrow but Sherwood remains unconcerned after winning four points from their first six games.

“No, I am always looking to improve and see what we can improve on,” he said.

“You learn more and more every week in terms of individuals and how you set up as a team.

“It’s my job to try and put that right and find the right ingredients. There is still a long time left in this season. There’s no need for panic.”

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater feels the Foxes are “flying” but admits it would be good if they did not have to keep proving themselves comeback kings.

The 2-2 draw at Stoke on Saturday maintained Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season and was the fourth straight Barclays Premier League game in which they have salvaged something after falling behind. It was the second successive match where they have bounced back from 2-0 down, having also done so to beat Aston Villa 3-2 the previous weekend.

Bojan and Republic of Ireland international Jonathan Walters put Stoke two up in the first half, but Riyad Mahrez scored from the spot before Jamie Vardy completed the comeback to steal a point for the Foxes.

And Drinkwater — who won the penalty from which Leicester scored their first goal — told Foxes Player: “It is crazy, isn’t it? We can’t quite put our fingers on it.

“We were definitely annoyed at half-time about the two goals and we wanted to make amends.”

Watford’s Odion Ighalo piled the pressure on sorry Newcastle as his first-half double paved the way for a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park.

The Nigeria international struck on 10 and 28 minutes as he took advantage of some pitiful defending to give the promoted Hornets what proved to be a decisive lead.

Daryl Janmaat reduced the deficit with a 67th-minute strike, the Magpies’ first goal in 464 minutes of Barclays Premier League football, but it was not enough to rescue a point as they await their first win of the new campaign.

Callum Wilson praised Bournemouth’s ’unsung heroes’ after the striker scored his fifth of the season in Saturday’s landmark victory over 10-man Sunderland.

The 23-year-old scored inside four minutes as the Cherries recorded their first home win in the Premier League – with the second goal a stunning volley from Matt Ritchie.

Sunderland were never in the game but will feel aggrieved to have seen a legitimate Jeremain Lens header wrongly ruled out for offside before Younes Kaboul was sent off for a second yellow card.

“The main thing today was how we reacted to last week’s performance,” said Wilson.

“Obviously I get a lot of plaudits because my name is the one that goes down as the goalscorer but there are a lot of unsung heroes in this team. They deserve every bit of the credit as well.”

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