Sherwood suffers first game sickener
ASTON VILLA 1
STOKE CITY 2
(Diouf 45, Moses 90 pen)
Stoke dramatically spoiled Tim Sherwood’s debut as Aston Villa boss after Victor Moses’ injury-time penalty gave them victory at Villa Park.
The Nigerian winger was brought down by Villa defender Ron Vlaar – who was sent off for his troubles – and got up to win it for the Potters at the death.
Scott Sinclair had headed Villa in front only for Mame Biram Diouf to level just before the break.
Defeat kept Villa in the bottom three of the Premier League and underlined the job Sherwood has to keep them up.
He made his mark on the team by dropping Ashley Westwood and Tom Cleverley as Carlos Sanchez, Carles Gil, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Kieran Richardson, Sinclair and Brad Guzan all returned.