They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. So I guess it follows that, by watching Aston Villa and expecting them to pick up a point in the Premier League, I am insane.

And yet Sherwood is doing a few things differently—with the same result. Which also seems insane. So maybe the word to define that is futility?

I really thought we could win. We deserved at least a point—as we did last week, too. The team really is playing better under Sherwood but we still have nothing to show for it. Benteke was looking dangerous and the team created some very good chances and still the ball didn’t end up in the back of the net, at least without a linesman’s flag going up.

Whether we play poorly, not too badly, or even acceptably well, we still lose, and now things are looking very dire indeed.

As I’ve noted before, I’m running out of words. And now I’m running out of fingernails. But I will be watching until the end. Which I hope will be bittersweet, not merely bitter.