We let ourselves down, we shot ourselves in the foot - good cliches aren't they.
Speaking to the Official Site after that total embarrassment McLeish said.
'It was unbelievable, frightening. After such a good performance the confidence and morale was really high and we went and shot ourselves in the foot. It was so disappointing to see us take three positive steps forward and then to take steps back.'
So we can expect changes for the next game then, picking a team based on merit, and not sticking with players who continually let us down...not likely is it?
Afterall, following the talk of possibly resting players, he rotated sensibly for this one didn't he. Given the effort and the application shown today shall we go with the theory the players were tired as opposed to celebrated the Chelsea win too much?
'I did contemplate changes, but we don't have too many options to change the team. I really did feel the morale and feel good factor would be enough to get through. I don't think it was a mistake. Making the errors we did was the problem for us.'
All that said, even Jack Grealish is defending McLeish, saying it's time the players took some responsibility. Been waiting for that all season so far, McLeish surely can't be still waiting for that to happen from the serial disappointments in the first team.
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Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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