Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has played down the importance of tomorrow’s Premier League home clash with Sunderland – but is looking to take the game to the Black Cats.
He insists that no-one should read much into any early result as Villa, with three points on the board from their first three games while Sunderland have just one, look to avoid another season of struggle.
“It’s an important game, but I’m not sure it’s a landmark,” said Sherwood.
“The team got 10 points from four games last season and ended up struggling. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish - and how you perform in the middle would help.
“They’re under no more pressure than we are, Arsenal, Chelsea too, everyone has their own pressure.
“The pressure is to win football matches at whatever level.
“We want to take the game to Sunderland – they sit deep and look to bring us on and we’ll certainly be coming on to them.”