Sherwood faces a trip to his old club Spurs in April.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has warned his squad that points are needed from every single game, or face the reality of relegation.
Having lost at home to Stoke City last weekend, the honeymoon period many expected when Sherwood was appointed and Villa triumphed in the FA Cup fifth round seems to be over.
A defeat again today at St James’s Park has left the club in the bottom three with just 11 games remaining and panic is certainly starting to set in around Villa Park.
“I’m ramping up the pressure – I’m telling the players we have to take points in every game we play. It’s as simple as that,” Sherwood told BBC Sport.
Some winnable fixtures are scheduled for the next couple of weeks before a tough April, where Sherwood takes his team to White Hart Lane, Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium.
The risk the Aston Villa board face is evident, failure to stay in the top flight will make the sacking of Paul Lambert look increasingly like a panicked mistake, and could also prove financially damaging in terms of the compensation handed to the Scot.